Even the ongoing pandemic, couldn’t stop Bengal from celebrating the biggest festival ‘Durga Puja’. Amid the pandemic, over 37,000 Durga Puja pandals are being organised in West Bengal. However, new guidelines have been released as Kolkata on 11th October has witnessed the highest single-day spike 3,612 cases, making the total tally of the state reach 2,94,806!

The local organisers of Durga Puja from Kolkata issued new guidelines to avoid the risk of being infected from the disease and to avoid the widespread of the disease.

 Read the list below:

  1. Cultural programs will be cancelled that used to held during pujas to avoid gathering and crowd. 
  1. Post-immersion carnival is cancelled as it is a huge crowd-puller.
  1. More volunteers shall be stationed to check if social distancing is being carried out. 
  1. Hand sanitisers will be provided to the people.

       5.Visitors will not be allowed to stay in the pandal for more than a few minutes. (Earlier people weren’t allowed too)

  1. If you're without a mask, you won't be allowed to enter.

As per the reports, Saswata Basu, the general secretary of the Forum for Durgotsab said, “Situations have changed now and cases are rising. We need to be more cautious than ever. It has been decided that none would be allowed to enter the pandal without a mask. The puja committees would deploy more volunteers to check whether the distance is being maintained in queues. Hand sanitisers would be provided. Visitors won’t be allowed to stay inside the pandal for more than a few minutes.”