These are the SOPs and Guidelines for Durga Puja 2020

These are the SOPs and Guidelines for Durga Puja 2020
The five-day long festival won't be such a grand spectacle this year, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

West Bengal is getting ready to welcome the goddess in the middle of a pandemic. Here's what they are putting in place to ensure safety

OT Staff
October 04 , 2020
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The mother of all festivals for Bengal is coming up. The pandemic is going to put a dampener on celebrations this year, but that has not been a deterrent for puja committees or the government. (One can always argue if it's at all a good idea to have any large-scale festival in the middle of a pandemic.) 

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The West Bengal government has laid down necessary COVID-19 safety protocls which have to be followed by both organisers and visitors.

Pandal organisers have been told to set up spacious and open pandals to ensure ventilation.

Masks are absolutely non-negotiable, of course. Organisers have been told to keep them handy in case someone stroll sin without one. Hand sanitisers will be kept in place and all visitors have to use them.

Pujo rituals such as pushpanjali, sindoor khela, and prasad will be organised in small groups.  In fact, BYOF. That is, you may be asked to bring your own flowers for pushpanjali. And there won't be any cultural programmes this year.

In order to avoid overcrowding, the government has asked pujo organisers to open pandals  from tritiya, three days prior to the start of the five-day festival. 

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