New Delhi: The Union health ministry is likely to issue separate advisories for the upcoming festival season soon as the number of COVID-19 cases is rising across the country. The issue was discussed in the meeting of the group of ministers on Saturday before the Centre released the guidelines for Unlock 4. Several religious festivals/occasions have been held during the first three phases of unlocking with court permission, no crowding etc. The Supreme Court had given permission to Puri Rath Yatra, Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated amid restrictions with several immersion instructions.
The Supreme Court has not given permission to Muharram processions. In Unlock 4 guidelines, the Centre has allowed cultural/religious gathering from September 21, with a ceiling of 100 persons. Durga Puja 2020, Navratri is scheduled in October. Since September is believed to be the last month of unlocking, the health ministry will issue separate guidelines for these upcoming festivals to check crowding.
The ministry will also issue an SOP for Parliament session to start from September 14.