Navratri is starting from 17th October. Garba has been completely banned by the government to control the global corona pandemic. Vadodara city police commissioner also issued guidelines to ensure that the ban imposed on Garba by the government is not violated in Vadodara.
Giving details about the notification Joint CP Chirag Koradia said, Mataji temples in Vadodara will be open to visitors till 10 pm and aarti will be performed in one hour time as decided by the government. Prasad can be distributed but inside pouch not directly to the people. Social distancing, wearing masks, proper sanitisation facility are some of the points to be strictly followed during such gathering.
He further said that as per the guidelines of the government, playing Garba has been banned anywhere, including pols, societies, party plots, Garba grounds. Only statues can be installed and Aarti must be completed within the time limit of 1 hour.
The limit of persons is 200 and Prasad will be able to distribute in packets. Police permission is not required to install mataji idols in societies and pols but setting up statue in public place will have to take permission of the police station in their respective area.
Appealing to the people of Vadodara he said that the Corona pandemic is currently going on and it is also necessary for the people to cooperate by strictly following the guidelines of the government and the city police system. This is in the interest of everyone’s health and people must maintain social distance and follow the guidelines of government and help the police to celebrate the festival with safety.
The Vadodara city police has planned to make adequate arrangements for the Navratri festival. However anyone found to be violate the rules will be strictly punished as per the law.