New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government has advised people above 60 years of age, people who are symptomatic, and children below 10 years of age to stay at home and not participate in any sort of gatherings during Holi.
Following the advisory, the Gautam Budh Nagar administration said that they’ll be releasing a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the upcoming panchayat elections and Holi celebrations.
“We have deputed ADMs from whom an advance permission will be required before organising any public functions,” DM Ajay Shankar Pandey was quoted as saying by TOI.
“Also, classes till standard 8th will remain suspended till March 31, while there will be a special emphasis on contact tracing,” added Pandey.
The state government announced that all schools will be closed from March 24 till March 31, and other institutions will be closed from March 25 to March 31. The Ghaziabad administration has also issued similar SOPs, which involves compulsory Covid tests for those coming to the district from states with higher cases.
Suhas LY, the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar said to TOI in a quote, “We are forming teams and involving all departments to ensure that the rules are being followed. This is being done as a preventive measure to stop the infection from spreading. All establishments will be given email IDs using which they’ll have to send a self-declaration of compliance to the SOPs,”
The concerned officials will guarantee that no workplace like offices, industries, malls, and factories call symptomatic people to work. All establishments will also be urged to operate a Covid-19 helpdesk for their employees.
Detailed SOPs will be issued soon for residents regarding the Holi celebrations, said the District Magistrate. According to the government’s order, the residents will have to seek the district administration's permission for community Holi celebrations.