Pune: Avoid firecrackers, conduct cultural events online; PMC releases guidelines for Diwali
Pune: While mentioning that the state government will not impose complete ban firecrackers ahead of Diwali, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday appealed people to refrain from using them in the interest of health and safety of all.
With the Diwali festival just around the corner, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Monday declared guidelines to celebrate the festival of lights.
Pune Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar in his order appealed, "Due to the continuous efforts of the administration and the co-operation of the citizens, the situation of the COVID-19 is under control. People should continue to practice social distancing, while the use of masks in public places and handwashing with soap is mandatory."
He also appealed Punekars to avoid bursting firecrackers in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. The smoke of firecrackers can deteriorate the health conditions of COVID-19 patients.
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· One cannot light firecrackers at public places such as sports grounds, gardens, schools and parks.
· Though there is no complete ban on firecrackers, keeping the festive spirit alive, one can light low noise (non-polluting) firecrackers.
· Wearing masks, using sanitiser and other COVID-19 protocols should be followed strictly.
· Since sanitisers are inflammable, one must avoid applying sanitiser while lighting crackers.
· Public programmes such as Diwali Pahat (Musical mornings held on Diwali days) events are banned but can be conducted online.
· Prefer visiting less crowded places.
· PMC, along with Pune Police, will take strict action against people violating any guidelines.