GUWAHATI: For the Independence Day celebration in the state, the Assam government has issued a set of guidelines in view the COVID-19 pandemic.
There will be no large congregations this year. The invitation will not exceed one-third of the seating capacity of the venue.
“It would be appropriate that COVID-19 warriors like doctors, health workers, sanitation workers, etc., are invited to the ceremony as recognition of their noble service in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Some persons cured from the infection may also be invited,” the guidelines state.
In Guwahati, the chief minister will hoist the Tricolour. There will be a guard of honour and march-past by police, paramilitary and home guards.
Participation of school and college students, NCC, and Scouts and Guides in the ceremony will not be allowed.
There will be no cultural programmes, and all health protocols of the government will have to be followed at the function.
There will be no award ceremony, but names of award recipients will be announced at the function. The awards will be handed over to the recipients at their residences by the district administration.
There would be thermal scanners at entry points of all venues, and all onsite workers will be tested for COVID-19 prior to their engagement in the preparations.
Supervising officials and security personnel, including the parade contingent, will also be tested prior to their engagement.
Similar instructions have been issued for the programmes to be held at the district level.