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CM Yogi Adityanath allows Durga Puja celebrations in UP

The Yogi Adityanath government has finally allowed Durga Puja celebrations with established safety protocols under the Covid-19 pandemic.

The UP Government said Durga Puja pandals can now hold religious or cultural events in the open. However, all this has to be done while maintaining all the guidelines of Covid-19.

According to the report, a restriction on the number of people has also been imposed on events taking place in an enclosed space, where only 50 percent of the hall's capacity and up to a maximum of 200 people, will be allowed to attend.

The new guidelines will come into force from October 15 and Navratri starts from October 17. The government decision has unleashed a wave of joy among the Durga Puja committees who have already plunged into making preparations for the festival.

“We spent the entire Thursday night, drawing up plans for the Durga Puja celebrations because we have less than a fortnight to go. We are thankful to the Chief Minister for allowing us to hold the Durga Puja celebrations,” said Anand Banerjee of a Durga Puja committee in the Jankipuram area.

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