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Goa government amends recently  issued SOPs related to Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations

The Goa government on Tuesday revised the standard operating procedures related to the Ganesh festival celebrations in the state, to cater to the public sentiment. As per reports, the administration has withdrawn all norms issued to stop people from inviting the priests home, during the festival. People are now also allowed to invite guests to their house even if a family member is COVID positive. All regular precautionary protocols are valid and will be enforced during the course of the 10-day festival.

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New guidelines issued in Goa to keep a check on COVID cases & pollution ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi

The Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) on Monday, issued fresh guidelines ahead of the widespread celebrations of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Goa. These norms have been designed to break the chain of COVID-19 spread, with special attention towards controlling pollution. Reportedly, the order will be imposed with strictness here, where defaulters may have to pay hefty fines for breaking protocols. Read along to know about the prescribed guidelines:

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Inoculation teams at Goa's vaccination centres to get a 2 day leave during Ganesh Chaturthi

The festivities of Ganesh Chaturthi will bring a much-needed respite to the team of inoculators engaged in Goa's expansive COVID-19 'TikaUtsav' drive. On Thursday, the state's nodal officer for vaccination, Anup Netrawalkar, announced "vaccination holidays" during the first two days of the Ganeshutsav. As such, all government vax sites will remain closed on September 10 and 11 here, marking the first official leave of the statewide vaccination efforts after a relentless 228-day campaign.

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PoP Ganesha idols banned in Goa; buyers & sellers to be fined, imprisoned

The Goa government has ordered a ban over the use of PoP Ganesha idols ahead of the Vinayaka Chavithi celebrations in the state, to prevent water pollution. The state's Environment Minister on Wednesday, mentioned that buyers and sellers of non-eco-friendly idols, would be charged with heavy fines or even imprisonment. Reportedly, the embargo has been enforced by the Goa (State) Pollution Control Board, Police Department, administration, Collector alongside the Deputy Collector and its implementation will be ensured with strictness.

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Goa govt to form new SOPs for upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festivities

Ahead of the celebrations of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Goa, the state has decided to formulate new SOPs to keep the COVID-19 cases in check. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday, stated that he has directed deputy collectors to meet the organisers of public Ganeshutsav mandals and submit a report. The reviews of this document will help the administration to formulate the operating protocols, accordingly.

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