Two major changes in the SOP regarding Durga Puja, 2020, was announced by Assam Health Minister Dr. Himamta Biswa Sarma on Saturday.
“Earlier it was announced that the puja pandals are needed to be shut down by 9:30pm. But as per the religious norms, the puja timings sometimes keeps going on throughout the night. In that case, the puja pandals can be kept open during Asthami night and/or Navami night and during the performance of Sandhi Puja.” said the Minister.
Himanta Biswa Sarma announced another change in the SOP regarding the screening of Purohits during Panchami. He said, “I have come across to know about a grievance made by a section of people regarding the screening of Purohits on the day of Panchami. But if the priests do not get tested, and they turn out to be covid positive, they’ll unknowingly spread the disease among others. So we have decided to give a relaxation to the Purohits and they can go for the test on Chaturthi. The test is mandatory.”