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Durga Puja Pandals in State to be No-Entry Zones for Visitors: Calcutta High Court Directs State to Make People Aware of exercising Self-Restraint [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 21 Oct 2020 7:49pm

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The High Court of Calcutta on Monday (19 October 2020) declared in a significant order that all the pandals where Durga Puja is being celebrated this year, shall be made no-entry zones for members of the public. A bench of Justices Arijit Banerjee and Sanjib Banerjee heard the matter wherein the main concern of the petitioner was that the social distancing and COVID safety protocols might not be followed and maintained at the Puja pandals in the state if the free access is granted, particularly the more famous pujas in and around the city.

The petitioner argued that the breach in such regard may lead to the rapid increase of COVID cases across the state. As per the petitioner, strict restrictions should be applied by the State Government to conduct the Durga Puja so that the overcrowding can be avoided. The petitioner even claimed that if the pujas were made to be low-key events, with the visitors not being permitted at the public puja pandals, there might be no fear of any overcrowding, and COVID protocol can be maintained with no difficulties. Doctors across the state are expressing serious concern over what will be the situation of COVID-19 after the pujas if such overcrowding and uncontrolled are allowed and if the social distancing is not maintained.

Before the Court, State submitted a report of all the special measures that have been taken in this regard. The State referred to a Government memorandum of September 28, 2020, entitled “General Guidelines for Durga Puja,… Continue Reading...


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