Entry into Ganesh pandals prohibited amid COVID pandemic in Mumbai

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Mumbai: In the view of COVID pandemic, Mumbai Police on Thursday issued an order putting a ban on darshan of Ganapati idols in pandals on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.

The festival which is usually celebrated in a massive scale in the city has been limited due to the pandemic.

While prohibiting any procession during the 10 days of festival, the city police have also banned the gathering of more than five people at public places from Ganesh Chaturthi till Anant Chaturthi (last day of festival), from September 10 to 19.

Those who found violating the instructions would be booked under section 188 (disobeying public servant’s order) of the Indian Penal Code along with other relevant section, cautioned Mumbai police spokesperson DCP S Chaitanya in his Friday’s order.

Last year as well when the pandemic was at it’s peak the similar curbs were in place for the festival. Looking at the public sentiments the government has asked the organisers to arrange for online ‘darshan’.


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