New Delhi, August 15
The Red Fort lawns that is still stuffed to the brim on Independence Day, noticed many vacant seats this yr with the attendees sporting masks and sustaining social distancing, displaying a picture of the “new normal” in occasions of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Independence Day occasion on the historic Red Fort, the place prime minister unfurls the tricolour and delivers a speech to the nation, was scaled down this yr. Around 4,000 invitations, 1 / 4 of the standard, have been issued to officers, diplomats, native leaders and others.
Still, numerous seats throughout all enclosures remained empty. A safety official stated they anticipated that just a few seats would stay empty contemplating the COVID-19 scenario.
“The number of invitees was one-fourth the normal. Still, lesser number of people turned up. Adequate arrangements were made to ensure physical distancing and masks, sanitisers and gloves provided to all the attendees,” he stated.
A equipment containing a masks, a small bottle of hand sanitiser and a pair of gloves have been stored on all chairs which have been positioned at a distance of 6 ft to take care of the prescribed distance. A hand towel was stored on the again remainder of the chairs together with the programme pamphlet.
School youngsters, who would attend the occasion dressed within the colors of the nationwide flag, have been lacking this time. Instead, 500 NCC cadets have been invited to the occasion.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who would usually enterprise among the many schoolchildren and shake palms with them on the finish of the occasion, stated, “Today, our children are not here with us. The pandemic has halted all of us.” 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’, dot the venue.
Senior-most cupboard ministers have been seated on the higher dais.
Guests, safety employees, VIPs, all have been sporting masks as prescribed underneath the security 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 whole variety of COVID-19 circumstances within the nationwide capital has crossed 1.5 lakh, whereas 4,178 individuals have died as a result of viral an infection. PTI