Panaji: After CM Dr Pramod Sawant’s assirance in the Assembly, the Health department has issued order on restrictions due to COVID in festive season.
As per the order Public celebrations and gatherings, congregations during these upcoming festivals like Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Navaratri etc. shall not be allowed in public places/public grounds/public parks/markets etc, in the State of Goa.
“Whereas a fresh surge in COVID 19 cases is being witnessed in some parts of the country, and the situation might further aggravate in view of the upcoming festivals such as Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Easter and Eid ul Fitr etc, anticipating gatherings, congregations and public celebrations the State Government has issued various Orders/instructions from time to time to all authorities concerned to take all the required measures to deal with the situation appropriately,” the order issued by Gautam S. Parmekar Under Secretary (Health) says.
Further it says, now in terms of section 2(1) of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 order to contain further spread of COVID-19 during festivities such as Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Easter and Eid-ul-Fitr etc.,*Government hereby imposes local restrictions in observation of these festivals as contained in the SOP of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India dated 06/10/2020 circulated vide No. 13/19/2020-1/PHD/3412 dated 24/10/2020.
Further, the order says, all the authorities concerned shall ensure that public celebrations and gatherings, congregations during these upcoming festivals like Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Navaratri etc. shall not be allowed in public places/public grounds/public parks/markets etc, in the State of Goa.
The District Collectors/Superintendent of Police of North Goa and South Goa Districts shall ensure compliance of this SOP and other instructions issued by the Government from time to time.