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Citizens flout social distancing norms; BMC requests people to follow them strictly

BMC fears that small gatherings during the festival could spread the virus. The message was shared keeping similar incidents from other cities in mind. Moreover, officials noted an increase in cases after Ganeshotsav 2020 which has raised concerns.

Citizens flout social distancing norms; BMC requests people to follow them strictly
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Coronavirus cases in the city of Mumbai have been increasing constantly from March 2020, and observing the same, the state government decided to impose lockdown over the last few months, with an aim to curb the spread of the virus. This lockdown affected several lives and impacted the businesses by bringing it to a standstill, and the city was experiencing something different.

Due to the impact, festivals, occasions, celebrations, and other gatherings were not allowed initially. However, the government later permitted the same, with strict guidelines, under 'Mission Begin Again' initiative, where many businesses have resumed their operations now. Experts have stated that the city's economic cycle is slowly getting back on track. 

However, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has once again appealed to the citizens to abide by the rules set for coronavirus pandemic, fearing that small gatherings during the festival could spread the virus. The message was shared keeping similar incidents from other cities in mind. Moreover, BMC also witnessed an increase in cases after Ganeshotsav 2020, despite the celebrations planned in a simple or low-key manner. Officials have asked to celebrate Navratri in the same way, thereby following social distancing and norms by wearing masks and maintaining safety.

Officials have stated that sharing the message via posters at Navratri mandals is not sufficient, and does not mean that the rules are being followed. On the contrary, officials have been asked to take strict action wherever required and the workers will have to follow the rules even while performing Aarti. Permissions have not been given for public events and gatherings.

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