Outdoor gatherings: UP govt lifts curb on no. of guests

LUCKNOW: In view of the current Covid-19 situation in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government has further eased restrictions on outdoor gatherings and has said that permission for events to be held in the open will be determined by the area of the venue. On September 19, the government had allowed up to 100 people to gather in open air venues.
In an order issued by additional chief secretary (home) Awanish Awasthi, all districts have been directed to provide permission for weddings and other events in open areas on the basis of the area of the venue. The order also says that all such venues will have to mandatorily have a Covid-19 help desk at the entry and all Covid protocols must be followed during the event, including social distancing, wearing of masks and use of sanitisers.
The number of active Covid-19 cases in UP on Tuesday morning was 177 with more than half of the population eligible for vaccination having received their first dose.
Of the various Covid curbs put in place in April this year , the government is currently only implementing the night curfew from 11 pm to 6am.

For indoor functions, the number of persons who can gather will remain restricted to a maximum of 100. “Depending on the need, the government had imposed a weekend curfew, followed by a full curfew, and then limited restrictions on gatherings during the second wave. Right now, as cases continue to remain low and the positivity rate in UP at 0.01%, it has been decided to further ease restrictions. Currently almost all activities have been permitted in the state,” said an official, adding that swimming pools were still shut till further notice, as were physical classes for primary school children.

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