The Department of Health Services of the Government of Bangladesh has issued health guidelines to be followed during the upcoming Durga Puja in view of the Corona pandemic.
The 5-day long Durga Puja celebrations in Bangladesh will begin on October 22 and the idols will be immersed on October 26. It is the largest religious festival in the Hindu community in the country.
In a press release issued by the department, Durga Puja organizers asked to see to it that the entrance and exit to the mandals are kept separate. Arrangements for men and women coming to the places of worship should also be kept separate.
According to the guidelines visitors to the pooja mandals should wear masks. No one is allowed to enter the place of worship without a mask. It states that devotees should maintain a distance of at least 3 feet between themselves. Wreath and flower offering should also be done keeping in view the health guidelines.
Hand washing, sanitizer and thermal scanners should be set up to measure the temperature of the people coming to the pavilions at the entrance of the pooja venue.
This guideline prohibits those with a cough, cold, fever or shortness of breath from entering the place of worship. During the puja, Prasad, RT-competition, ‘Shobhayatra’ procession and distribution of rags were also banned. Apart from the religious rituals required for puja, no other activities like cultural program are conducted during the puja.