COVID-19: Ahead of Ramzan, restrictions on religious gatherings

The wearing of masks compulsory and its violation shall attract prosecution under sections 51 to 60 of Disaster Management Act-2005 and section 188 of IPC.

Hyderabad: Though chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao ruled out any lockdown in Telangana despite a surge in COVID-19 cases, the state government has made it compulsory for the public to wear masks while going out, in work spaces and also while travelling in public transport.

That’s not all, congregations during Ramzan and other festivals have also been prohibited across the state to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to a government order, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has laid down certain guidelines for effective control of COVID-19 cases providing the states to impose restrictions to spread of virus.

Telangana Government has issued a GO prohibiting all religious gathering across the state

Since the congregations pose considerable threat of rapid transmission of COVID-19, the Centre has decided that public celebrations/observances should not be allowed in the state during the religious events such as Shab-E-Barat, Ramzan, Holi, Ram Navmi, Good Friday and Mahavir Jayanti till April 30 this year.

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The Government has also made wearing of masks compulsory and its violation will attract prosecution under sections 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act-2005 and section 188 of IPC. All the district collectors, district magistrates, commissioners/superintendents of police have been asked to strictly implement the government’s instructions.

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