A ‘socially distanced’ Independence Day celebration in instances of Covid

New Delhi, August 15

A equipment containing a masks, a small bottle of hand sanitiser and a pair of gloves stored on all chairs which have been neatly separated to keep up the prescribed distance – Independence Day celebrations this yr typified the ‘new regular’ in instances of COVID-19.

Known in any other case to witness bustling crowd throughout many age teams, the annual grand occasion on the historic Red Fort was scaled down this yr in step with prescribed security protocols to include unfold of the novel coronavirus that has wrecked havoc internationally.

At the primary entrance, the restricted variety of visitors invited for the occasion underwent thermal scanning by safety personnel donning private protecting gear (PPE) equipment, whereas hands-free sanitiser dispensers have been stored close to safety gates.

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Inside, chairs have been positioned in a cautious matrix throughout all enclosures. Each seat had a sanitiser equipment, a hand towel stored on the again relaxation together with the programme pamphlet. Social distancing norms have been additionally in place on the rampart the place the VVIPs have been seated.

Every yr, a sea of schoolchildren provides youthful vitality to the grand occasion, however amid the coronavirus scare, they weren’t current on the event this yr.

“Today, our children are not here with us. The coronavirus pandemic has halted all of us,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned in his deal with from the ramparts of the Red Fort.

Colourful carpets in enclosure and aisles distinction seating and strolling areas, and posters bearing social distancing norms messages like ‘hold six ft distance’, ‘put on a masks’, dotted the venue.

Guests, safety employees, VIPs, all have been sporting masks as prescribed below the protection norms. Some visitors have been even seen sporting designer masks so as to add to the individuality of the occasion that embraces the ‘new regular’ introduced in by the coronavirus pandemic.

Delhi has been one of many worst-affected cities within the nation so far as the unfold of the virus is worried. The complete variety of COVID-19 instances within the nationwide capital has crossed 1.5 lakh, whereas 4,178 folks have died as a result of viral an infection. PTI

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