With all security essentials Assam is ready to celebrate the 74th Indian Independence Day. Along with Guwahati, the capital city of Assam all the districts beefed up securities for August 15, 2020.
Security measures have been tightened in all over Assam ahead of the 74th Independence Day celebrations to avoid any untoward situation. Keeping in view of the Independence Day celebration, the movement of people will be allowed on August 15 from 6 am to 5 pm.
Checking of vehicles has been intensified and security measures have been tightened in all entry points of the of Assam. Amid the coronavirus pandemic situation, additional forces have been deployed at oil fields, railway stations, airports in the state.
This Independence Day will be very different, not in spirit but in the way of celebrations happen across the state. Mandatory guidelines are already placed and there are special Covid-related restrictions.
After considering Assam’s COVID situation and taking into consideration the latest directives issued by the Union Home Ministry on July 29, some modifications have been brought. This order shall come into force with effect from 5 AM of August 16, 2020 and remain valid till 9:30 PM of August 31, 2020. Restriction of one side of the street is withdrawn. City buses are allowed, subject to maintenance of all COVID19 protocols and social distancing with 50% capacity. Public transport is allowed, subject to maintenance of all COVID19 protocols and social distancing with 50% capacity. Spitting in public places, consumption of tobacco and liquor products shall be strictly prohibited. No activities are allowed in Containment Zones and entry and exit from such zones are strictly prohibited.
It may be mentioned here that the Ministry of Home Affairs has sent detailed guidelines to the states for Independence Day celebrations amidst the pandemic and said that the COVID-19 protocols should be strictly observed. The Home Ministry guidelines instructed the states to avoid large congregations and to ensure that everyone attending the functions should maintain social distancing and wear masks. The guidelines said that the states should try to arrange for the webcast of the functions to reach out to the masses.
Social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/religious functions and other large congregations numbering more than 50 persons shall remain prohibited.
Perhaps one of the most visible contrasts with visuals from previous years will be the use of face masks by everyone around. When it comes to the celebrations at the Judges Field, all invitees have been asked to wear masks. Also, this time, only NCC cadets have been invited for the event which usually witnesses young school children every year.
On the other hand, the Union Ministry of Tourism recently launched a series of Independence Day-themed webinars, making the event virtual. Various states have urged people to not attend public Independence Day events, and watch it through television and other available mediums. All audiences and officials present are to be screened for COVID-19 before attending the function. All are to follow the COVID protocols of wearing masks and social distancing strictly.