Large gatherings banned for Phagwah celebrations


Ahead of next weekend’s Phagwah celebrations, the Ministry of Health has issued some restrictions and guidelines for the holiday to keep the population safe amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

See below for the full statement from the Health Ministry:

Phagwah COVID-19 Guidelines

Phagwah/ Holi will be celebrated on Sunday March 28 th . As a result of
continuing health concerns related to COVID-19, it is necessary to have some
restrictions on the celebrations.

1.     Phagwah events at the mandirs, including cultural programmes, chowtaal
samelan and satsangh/services, are allowed at 40% capacity. Mandirs are encouraged to
utilize their outdoor spaces where available;

2.     Socially distanced gatherings for the burning of Holika are allowed;

3.     Large Phagwah events involving hundreds or thousands of persons are
not allowed;

4.     Phagwah gatherings on trucks, canters or other vehicles carrying alcohol
are not allowed;

5.     Persons are encouraged to celebrate within their home circles;

6.     And masks must be worn at all times, six feet social distancing maintained
along with frequent hand washing and sanitising.