Independence Day 2020 to be celebrated with social distancing norms

India will soon enter the Unlock 3 phase and, in just two weeks, the nation will be celebrating its Independence Day on August 15. On Wednesday, the government revealed the guidelines for Unlock 3, which will come into effect from August 1. Given the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Independence Day celebrations won’t be a big event and there won’t be the same rampart at the Red Fort. Unlike other years, fans from around the country won’t be able to join the celebrations this time.

On Wednesday, the Union Ministry has permitted the Independence Day 2020 celebrations but made it compulsory for the attendees to keep social distance, follow health protocols and wear facemasks.

The guidelines say that the number of guests will be restricted, and no kids will be permitted to attend the ceremony. Numerous government agencies, such as the Public Works Department (PWD), Archaeological Survey of India, and Delhi Police, will be assisting in the preparation of the Independence Day event at Red Fort.

Among everything, social distancing will be the main factor of the event and a bare minimum of six-feet distance will be kept between two guests. The seats will be restricted, and guests will be seated at the lower level of the ramparts.

This year’s celebration will be entirely dedicated to Corona fighters or warriors, involving doctors, paramed staff, policemen, nurses and other healthcare workers. Most likely, they’ll be encouraged to the Red Fort for the celebrations. The Home Ministry, in its advisory, stated that COVID-19 warriors should be welcomed and their contribution and work should be appreciated in the fight against the virus.

As far as the performances are concerned, the release declared, “The events organized could be web-cast in order to reach out people at large, who are not able to participate. Performance of Police/Military bands may be recorded at places of historic importance associated with the Independence movement; and recorded versions thereof may be displayed through large screens/digital media, during public functions and on social media”.

The central government has also requested all states and UTs to limit the number of attendees this year to safeguard social distancing. Moreover, the invitation might be extended to people who have recovered from the virus effectively.

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