Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in a press conference today announced a set of rules and restrictions to be followed by the people of Assam during the period of Durga Puja 2020, to be held later in the month of October.
Addressing the media the Health Minister said, “After 10 pm, the Puja mandap has to be closed down. Secondly, two men cannot do pillion riding. Women and children can, but two men cannot. Cultural functions and competitions are prohibited, but Aarti shall be allowed.”
Sarma also informed that the restaurants shall be closed down by 9 pm during the puja days. However, the DCs can modify some of the guidelines. The Minister further stated that the organizers should hold pujas in pandals with open roofs. On the fifth day of the puja, the priests, assistant priests, cooks, as well as puja committee members will be subjected to COVID-19 tests, the Health Minister said. Again, these same people would be tested after Bisarjan, he announced.