The Karnataka government on Sunday allowed partial celebration of the upcoming Ganesh Utsav in the state, with Covid-19 norms and conditions in place.
Associations have been permitted Ganesh Utsav festivities for a maximum of five days, and cultural programmes have been completely banned. However, pandals can be erected and the government will be issuing guidelines on how many people can be permitted to participate in the immersion rituals. Not more than one Ganesha Pandal can be erected in each ward.
In the latest guidelines, the state government mentioned that no more than 20 people will be allowed for celebrations and the immersion of the Ganesha idol. Celebrations will not be allowed in the state after 9 pm. Night curfew will remain effective throughout the festival.
State government officials had earlier in the day met to decide and discuss Ganesh Utsav celebrations. Ministers R Ashoka, K Sudhakar, H Nagesh had held deliberations on experts’ recommendations on how to hold the festival.