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Maharashtra: Ahead of Dussehra, upper limit for rallies in closed spaces relaxed

On Friday, the Shiv Sena will hold its annual Dussehra rally in Shanmukhanand hall with 1,300 people in attendance, while BJP leader Pankaja Munde will address a rally at Bhagwangad in Beed district. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will also address Swayamsevaks on Dussehra.

Written by Vishwas Waghmode | Mumbai |
Updated: October 15, 2021 10:57:15 am
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Ahead of political rallies on Dussehra, the state government has relaxed the upper limit of 200 attendees at gatherings and functions in closed spaces. However, the order that the gatherings should be organized with 50 per cent capacity of the closed spaces remains.

On Friday, the Shiv Sena will hold its annual Dussehra rally in Shanmukhanand hall with 1,300 people in attendance, while BJP leader Pankaja Munde will address a rally at Bhagwangad in Beed district. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will also address Swayamsevaks on Dussehra.

The government issued an order on October 8 relaxing the upper limit of people attending gatherings in closed spaces. The order issued by Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte said, “If there is no food or beverage being served in the constructed closed space, and if all the attendees are fully vaccinated, then the cap of 200 persons is hereby relaxed. In any closed hall, 50% attendees will be allowed in any public/ private function, ticketed or otherwise, provided all the attendees, organisers as well as staff of the facility management are fully vaccinated.”

Earlier, gatherings and functions were allowed in constructed closed spaces with 50% capacity and with an upper limit of 200 people.

An official from the government said that the decision to relax the upper limit of attendees is taken for all political and cultural gatherings. “The norm is the same for all gatherings on Dussehra, which is on October 15, and Eid on October 19,” said an official.

The order further said that the District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMA) shall appoint observers for visiting such places frequently to ensure that guidelines and Covid-appropriate behaviour are being observed in letter and spirit.

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