COVID-19: Maharashtra issues Holi, Good Friday, Easter guidelines


People ought to have fun Holi in a easy method contemplating the rise in COVID-19 instances in Maharashtra and crowding needs to be averted, the state authorities stated on Friday. Holi will probably be celebrated on March 28 and Rang Panchami falls a day later.

“The festival should be celebrated in a simple manner, observing social distancing norms and without coming together in any way given the increasing spread of COVID-19. Rang Panchami too should be celebrated in a simple manner,” the federal government stated in an announcement.

Noting that the state’s Konkan area has a convention of carrying a ‘palkhi’ or palanquin in a procession on Holi, the state authorities stated this needs to be confined to temples and requested the native administration to do the needful.

“No big religious or cultural programmes should be organised on the day of Holi and Rang Panchami,” the federal government added.

The state authorities additionally urged the Christian neighborhood to watch Good Friday (on April 2) and have fun Easter Sunday (on April 4) in a easy method in view of the unfold of the illness.

The authorities stated, if a church is spacious, most of fifty individuals ought to attend the prayer meet there in the course of the holy week from March 28 to April 4.

If the church is smaller in dimension, then a particular prayer meet needs to be held within the presence of 10-25 individuals, and 4 to 5 particular plenty could also be organised relying on the necessity, it stated.

It stated adherence to COVID-19 protocols, together with sporting masks, utilizing hand sanitisers and many others, should be ensured, including that efforts should even be made to broadcast prayer meets on-line.

“No religious programme that can attract crowd in any way should be organised. Besides, procession should not be taken out,” the assertion stated.