GUWAHATI: Assam police to video graph all public programs specially Bihu functions to ensure strict adherence to the standard operating procedure (SOP) in view of the spike in state’s Covid 19 cases.
In the latest SOP issued by the state government on Tuesday, it’s directed that all open functions be allowed with the permission of the district authority subject to strict adherence to COVID appropriate behavior. While granting such permission, District Authority will assess the public bearing capacity of the open space and allow gathering of only 50% of its capacity or 400 persons, whichever is lower.
No standing audience shall be allowed in open or even closed venues.
Assam Police director-general Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said, “The maximum number of people allowed for Bihu or any other public function is 400. We will video graph the programs along with the task force unit to keep a tab on such functions.”
The DGP also warned people to strictly follow the SOP and to wear masks. He said that though state police would be compelled to take strict actions if anyone tries to challenge the order or police in enforcing the norms.
“We don’t want to charge anyone of Rs 1000. It’ll be difficult for a financially weak person to pay such a heavy amount as a fine. That’s why state police have also asked its personnel to distribute masks for free if anyone wants them. We will give you a mask but you have to wear it properly. Otherwise, we will use force,” he added.
Already in the SOP, the state government said that any person not wearing a face mask and or spitting in public places shall be fined to the tune of Rs.1000.
Besides, the number of guests in private functions at private venues including marriages was restricted to 100 persons. Religious places were allowed to be operated with 20 persons per hour, except the iconic religious places like Kamakhya temple where it can be 50 persons per hour.
Maximum 20 persons were allowed to attend funerals or last rites.