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Tamil Nadu extends ban on festivals, political, religious gatherings till Oct 31, says they can become COVID-19 ‘super spreaders’

Tamil Nadu extends ban on festivals, political, spiritual gatherings until Oct 31, says they will change into COVID-19 ‘tremendous spreaders’ | Information

New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday (September 9, 2021) introduced that the prevailing ban on festivals, political, social and non secular gatherings within the state is being prolonged until October 31. The choice comes as a part of a stringent measure to stop the unfold of COVID-19 and to safeguard from the attainable third wave of coronavirus.
The Tamil Nadu CM whereas referring to the festivals, political, spiritual and social occasions as attainable “tremendous spreaders” stated that the event requires stricter protocols. 
Earlier on August 30, the state had introduced the closure of seashores on Sundays for the general public. The state had additionally prolonged the ban on spiritual locations of worship on weekends and restricted spiritual festivals until September 15 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Other than Ganesh Chaturthi on Friday, October ushers in a string of occasions like Gandhi Jayanthi, Dussehra celebrations, Milad un-Nabi, Valmiki jayanthi and Karva Chauth. 
The Chief Minister additionally urged the individuals to have fun festivals from the protection of their houses, whereas making the announcement of the extension of the ban of “tremendous spreader occasions” until October finish.
“Keep away from crowded locations and useless journey. Observe COVID-19 security precautions,” he suggested. Pointing to the developments in neighboring state, Kerala, which is battling COVID-19 and Nipah virus outbreak, Stalin stated the State authorities has banned the celebration of spiritual festivals in public locations together with Vinayaka Chaturthi in an try and include the unfold of the Coronavirus within the State. Public transport to Kerala has been suspended owing to the rise in recent infections in that State, he stated in a launch right here. 
“The current measure is being taken as per the Centre’s advisory on a attainable third wave in September-October,” the chief minister stated and added that because of the rigorous efforts of the state authorities, the energetic instances declined to about 1,600 now from almost 36,000. On Could 27.
“Rest has been given to garland the statues of freedom fighters by the district collectors with strict social distancing norms in place. 5 members from the household of the liberty fighters and 5 from registered events could be allowed to garland the statues with permission from the collectors involved,” the Chief Minister stated.
(With PTI inputs)
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