We all are facing a global health crisis. Our world faces a common enemy. We are at war with a virus and this virus is known as COVID-19 which is killing people, as well as attacking the real economy at its core – trade, supply chains, businesses, jobs. Entire countries and cities are in lockdown. Borders are closing. Companies are struggling to stay in business and families are simply struggling to stay afloat.
Even a once-in-a-century pandemic can’t stop the world’s largest Hindu gathering. Even in this pandemic kumbh mela is going on in our country. More than lakhs of people are enjoying it without the fear of virus. Our government is trying to prevent Kumbh from becoming a super-spreader event.
MEASURES THROUGH WHICH WE CAN PREVENT FROM CORONA VIRUS IN THE RELIGIOUS FAIRS:
•The Government of India has issued guidelines for all religious places across India to contain the spread of COVID-19. The guidelines call for a provision of mandatory sanitiser dispensers and thermal screening at the entrance; allowing entry to only asymptomatic persons and individuals wearing a face mask/cover.
•There should be separate entry and exit point for visitors and the premises should have specific markings with sufficient distance so as to follow social distancing norms. The social distancing (a distance of 6 feet between two people) needs to be followed at community kitchens while preparing and distributing food. The crowd management is also essential outside the premises and in parking lots.
•Recorded songs or devotional music must be played rather than choir groups performing religious songs.
•All the visitors are supposed to take off their footwear insider their private vehicle or keep it in the shoe rack on their own. Following this, before entering the religious place, one must wash their hands and feet with soap and water. Touching of statutes, idols or holy books and physical offerings like Prasad or distribution or sprinkling of holy water is not allowed.
•Through posters and standees, COVID preventive measures should be displayed at all times. The standard operating procedure (SOP) asks for effective and frequent sanitisation especially at lavatories, drinking and hand/foot-washing stations; regular cleaning and disinfection of the religious place
•An individual must self-monitor his/her health and in case of illness, he/she should immediately report to state or district helpline. The government also recommends the use of Aarogya Setu mobile application.
•The vulnerable group consisting of pregnant women, people aged more than 65 years, children aged less than 10 years and people with comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes are advised to stay at home. They must venture out only in case of essential services and health purposes.
In end we can say that the guidelines given by government can do nothing without the help of common public. if the people decide to take precautions and prevent themselves to be on the bed of hospital, we can easily come over this pandemic and if the public decide not to take care of themselves then this pandemic can become more problematic.so we should take care of ourselves and follow government guidelines while going to the religious fairs.