Holi 2021: States And Union Territories Restrict Holi Celebrations Following A Rise In COVID-19 Cases | News

March 26, 2021 0 Comments



Among big states, Uttar Pradesh, some cities of Maharashtra, Delhi, and Odisha have banned public celebration of Holi

Highlights
  • Lately, India has been reporting a surge in daily COVID-19 cases
  • According to experts, Holi gatherings can lead to an upsurge in COVID-19
  • Experts have called for COVID appropriate behaviour especially during Holi

New Delhi: On Friday (March 26), India reported over 59,000 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike since October 18. Amid a continuous uptick in the COVID-19 cases in the country which is seen as the emergence of the second wave, Holi, the festival of colours, and spring is likely to be a low-key affair this year. The central government has already advised states and Union Territories (UTs) to impose restrictions in public observance of upcoming festivals and limit or do away with mass gatherings under the Disaster Management Act. In an attempt to contain the further spread of the COVID-19 in the country especially during the festive season, some states and UTs have announced restrictions on celebrations.

Also Read: COVID-19: Centre Asks States To Restrict Public Observance Of Festivals, Limit Or Stop Gatherings

Here’s a list of states and union territories that have imposed curbs on Holi 2021 celebrations:

Maharashtra

Maharashtra is one of India’s worst affected states with over 26 lakh COVID-19 cases reported so far. In the light of the rise in cases, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the civic body of Mumbai, has banned all public and private celebrations of Holika Dahan and Rang Panchami in the city. In a notice shared on social media on March 23, BMC warned of strict action against offenders.

Also Read: Lockdown Should Be Imposed During Holi, Suggest Healthcare Experts

Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday (March 23) issued a new set of guidelines after it was observed that people were becoming complacent and flouting the COVID-19 appropriate norms during the pre-Holi festivities, said a senior official of the Home Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh. In a report from the news agency ANI, thousands of people gathered and huddled together at the Shri Radha Rani temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura celebrating ‘Laddu maar Holi’ on March 22 violating the COVID-19 norms. Most of the people participating in the celebration were without a face mask.

Similarly, in another Holi celebration ‘lath maar’ on Tuesday, thousands of people gathered to celebrate, most of whom, again, were without face masks and practiced no social distancing.

As per the advisory issued by the state government, any public functions or processions cannot be organised without prior permission from the district administration. Even after obtaining permission, the organisers will have to follow COVID safety protocols like maintaining physical distance, ensuring that people wear face masks and use hand sanitisers frequently among other preventive measures.

Also Read: Holi Amid The Pandemic: UP Government Issues Guidelines Ahead Of Holi, Urges Citizens To Follow COVID-19 Norms

The guidelines state that people above 60 years, children below 10 years and those having comorbidities (the underlying conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney or heart ailments), have been advised to remain indoors during the festival.

Those coming from states that have a high virus load will have to undergo the COVID-19 test, say the guidelines.

While talking to NDTV, the official said that implementing all possible measures to stop the transmission is the only way to safeguard people from catching the infection. He said,

The pandemic is far from over. Doctors and the government are continuously telling people to remain vigilant and act wisely. But people are still becoming negligent. The surge in UP may not be as high as in the other states but the numbers are rising, and large gatherings do pose the risk of spreading the virus. This is why the state government has issued an advisory. I urge the citizens to follow this advisory. Holi is the festival that symbolises the triumph of the good over evil. Taking inspiration from the message of Holi, we must strive to defeat the coronavirus.

Also Read: COVID-19: Uttarakhand Government Releases New Guidelines Ahead Of Holi, Kumbh

Delhi

After a downfall in COVID-19 cases and deaths, Delhi has once again started to report over 1,000 fresh cases daily. Amid the sudden surge, the Delhi government on Tuesday (March 23) placed a bar on the public celebrations and gatherings during the upcoming Holi, Shab-e-Barat and Navratra festivals. The government said safety measures for COVID should be rigorously observed in public places, especially in markets and malls. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) warned of strict legal action against violators.

Also Read: COVID-19 A Recurring Infection, People Need To Learn To Live With It: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

Haryana

Joining the list of states which have barred Holi festival celebrations in the public like gatherings and processions, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on March 24 informed that the state will follow the suit. Mr Vij took to social media and wrote, “In the light of the COVID-19 situation, the Haryana government has imposed a ban on the public celebration of Holi in the state.”

Gujarat

As reported by a news agency ANI, the Gujarat government has allowed Holi celebration traditionally, with limited rituals. Public celebration and mass events are not allowed on Dhuleti day (when people play with colours; March 29).

Also Read: ‘Janata Curfew’ To Vaccination: India’s Year-Long Fight Against COVID-19

Chandigarh

On March 22, the Chandigarh administration ordered a ban on all Holi-related festivities and gatherings and asked clubs, hotels, restaurants and other such places to not allow any ceremonial gatherings for Holi. Sharing the directions on social media, V P Singh Badnore, Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, said, “The residents are requested to keep the celebrations confined only to their homes following appropriate COVID protocol. Taking precautions to keep COVID situation in control, it was decided to close all restaurants and eating places by 11PM. The last order can be taken till 10PM. Residents kindly co-operate with the COVID norms.”

Also Read: Amid Rise In COVID-19 Cases, Meghalaya Government Bans Public Celebrations Of Holi

Meghalaya

The Meghalaya government on Thursday (March 25) issued a new Standard operating procedure (SOP) for Holi celebrations wherein it banned public celebrations and gatherings for the festival. The SOP issued by the Home (Political) Department, Government of Meghalaya lists generic preventive measures to be followed to reduce the risk of COVID-19. It includes, maintaining a minimum distance of 5 feet in public places, practising hand washing and respiratory etiquettes, mandating the use of a face mask, among others.

Further, regulation on festival celebration calls people to restrict playing with colours to family members only and that too within one’s own house. In the case of private celebrations, the number of people in a private gathering is restricted to 75 per cent of the seating capacity. And, it is necessary to make appropriate arrangements for personal protective gear like face masks, hand sanitisers, soap and other items.

All festive activities need to be concluded before 8PM.

Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Rajasthan are some of the other states that have stepped up to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the upcoming festive season. From March-end, different festivals like Navratri, Shab-e-Barat, Chaitra Navratri, Ram Navami apart from Holi are lined up.

Also Read: COVID-19 Outbreak Explained: What Is The “Double Mutant” Variant Of Coronavirus Found In India?

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World

12,54,80,467Cases

5,16,37,811Active

7,10,87,939Recovered

27,54,717Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 192 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 12,54,80,467 and 27,54,717 have died; 5,16,37,811 are active cases and 7,10,87,939 have recovered as on March 26, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

1,18,46,652 59118Cases

4,21,066 25874Active

1,12,64,637 32987Recovered

1,60,949 257Deaths

In India, there are 1,18,46,652 confirmed cases including 1,60,949 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,21,066 and 1,12,64,637 have recovered as on March 26, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

DistrictCases

Mumbai45,478

Thane13,660

Pune9,920

Mumbai Suburban5,363

Aurangabad1,974

Nashik1,575

Raigad1,462

Palghar1,421

Solapur1,291

Jalgaon1,039

Akola757

Nagpur692

Kolhapur646

Satara629

Ratnagiri350

Amravati291

Dhule228

Hingoli208

Jalna201

Ahmednagar190

Nanded176

Yavatmal150

Sangli145

Latur139

Osmanabad125

Sindhudurg114

Buldhana88

Parbhani78

gondia69

Beed54

Nandurbar42

Gadchiroli42

Bhandara41

Chandrapur32

Washim13

Wardha11

26,00,833 35,952

2,64,001 15,397

22,83,037 20,444

53,795 111

DistrictCases

Kannur357

Kasaragod333

Palakkad224

Malappuram119

Kollam118

Thrissur106

Thiruvananthapuram104

Pathanamthitta98

Kozhikode90

Alappuzha76

Kottayam73

Ernakulam60

Idukki40

Wayanad36

11,11,897 1,989

24,690 112

10,82,668 1,865

4,539 12

DistrictCases

Udupi1,176

Kalaburagi669

Yadgir538

Bengaluru Urban529

Raichur369

Mandya346

Belagavi337

Bidar219

Hassan205

Davangere204

Vijayapura201

Dakshina Kannada179

Chikkaballapura149

Mysuru107

Bagalkote103

Uttara Kannada95

Shivamogga67

Dharwad61

Ballari60

Gadag45

Bengaluru Rural40

Tumakuru36

Kolar29

Haveri24

Chikkamagaluru19

Chitradurga14

Koppal5

Kodagu4

Ramanagara3

Chamarajanagara0

9,78,478 2,523

18,226 1,321

9,47,781 1,192

12,471 10

DistrictCases

Kurnool795

Krishna557

Guntur511

Anantapur428

East Godavari356

Chittoor319

Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296

Y.S.R.205

West Godavari199

Srikakulam183

Prakasam104

Visakhapatnam103

Vizianagaram23

8,95,879 758

3,469 523

8,85,209 231

7,201 4

DistrictCases

Chennai23,324

Chengalpattu1,314

Thiruvallur774

Villupuram509

Kanchipuram503

Tiruvannamalai496

Cuddalore477

Ariyalur444

Tirunelveli433

Tuticorin333

Kallakurichi324

Madurai322

Salem258

Coimbatore188

Virudhunagar185

Dindigul175

Perambalur133

Ranipet133

Thanjavur130

Theni129

Tiruchirappalli119

Ramanathapuram119

Tiruppur116

Kanniyakumari110

Tenkasi103

Nagapattinam99

Karur88

Namakkal83

Erode75

Vellore71

Thiruvarur67

Pudukkottai53

Sivaganga46

Tirupathur45

Krishnagiri43

The Nilgiris17

Dharmapuri15

8,73,219 1,779

10,487 741

8,50,091 1,027

12,641 11

DistrictCases

North West5,463

Central4,817

West4,768

New Delhi3,405

North3,059

East2,472

South East2,446

South West2,391

South2,329

North East1,914

Shahdara1,580

6,52,742 1,515

5,497 607

6,36,267 903

10,978 5

DistrictCases

Gautam Buddha Nagar1,119

Agra933

Ghaziabad794

Meerut504

Lucknow386

Saharanpur298

Kanpur Nagar286

Moradabad252

Varanasi243

Hapur225

Aligarh215

Basti214

Amethi206

Rampur203

Jaunpur194

Firozabad190

Barabanki168

Gorakhpur166

Bulandshahr166

Siddharth Nagar159

Ghazipur159

Bijnor157

Deoria143

Azamgarh138

Sant Kabeer Nagar132

Mathura129

Ayodhya120

Muzaffarnagar117

Sambhal116

Sultanpur97

Ambedkar Nagar92

Maharajganj85

Amroha80

Rae Bareli78

Bahraich73

Kheri72

Kannauj69

Baghpat68

Kushi Nagar67

Bhadohi60

Ballia60

Gonda59

Etah52

Hardoi49

Balrampur49

Mau48

Mainpuri46

Etawah46

Hathras43

Unnao42

Jalaun41

Jhansi41

Shamli40

Chandauli38

Auraiya37

Farrukhabad36

Sitapur32

Prayagraj30

Banda27

Shahjahanpur25

Shravasti23

Budaun23

Mirzapur22

Bareilly17

Kasganj16

Pratapgarh15

Pilibhit15

Sonbhadra10

Kaushambi6

Kanpur Dehat4

Chitrakoot4

Lalitpur3

Hamirpur3

Mahoba3

Fatehpur3

6,10,273 830

5,049 661

5,96,451 165

8,773 4

DistrictCases

Kolkata2,777

Howrah1,435

24 Paraganas North1,031

Hooghly604

24 Paraganas South281

Maldah235

Dinajpur Uttar216

Coochbehar210

Birbhum206

Medinipur West159

Medinipur East153

Nadia139

Purba Bardhaman130

Murshidabad125

Bankura116

Darjeeling97

Jalpaiguri88

Paschim Bardhaman70

Purulia66

Dinajpur Dakshin50

Alipurduar39

Kalimpong18

Jhargram9

5,82,381 516

3,950 168

5,68,115 344

10,316 4

DistrictCases

Ganjam581

Jajapur322

Khordha238

Baleshwar190

Kendrapara164

Cuttack155

Bhadrak137

Balangir129

Puri103

Sundargarh102

Jagatsinghapur91

Nayagarh86

Mayurbhanj73

Nuapada69

Gajapati61

Dhenkanal36

Boudh34

Kendujhar34

Deogarh33

Kalahandi33

Sonepur29

Kandhamal28

Anugul26

Malkangiri20

Bargarh16

Koraput16

Sambalpur16

Jharsuguda8

Nabarangpur2

Rayagada2

3,39,460 214

1,132 142

3,36,409 72

1,919

DistrictCases

Bilaspur100

Korba100

Mungeli87

Baloda Bazar85

Jashpur77

Janjgir-Champa56

Mahasamund54

Rajnandgaon52

Kabirdham52

Raigarh47

Raipur46

Balod41

Korea39

Durg31

Bemetara21

Kanker19

Balrampur17

Surguja14

Gariyaband10

Surajpur9

Dhamtari6

Bijapur2

Bastar2

Dantewada0

Kondagaon0

Narayanpur0

Sukma0

3,32,113 2,419

13,318 1,384

3,14,769 1,020

4,026 15

DistrictCases

Jaipur2,177

Jodhpur1,748

Udaipur724

Bharatpur563

Kota503

Nagaur500

Ajmer379

Dungarpur374

Pali352

Jhalawar329

Bhilwara250

Sikar231

Chittorgarh188

Tonk171

Jalore164

Rajsamand140

Sirohi130

Bikaner112

Banswara91

Alwar90

Churu81

Jhunjhunu64

Dausa61

Dholpur60

Baran59

Jaisalmer53

Barmer34

Hanumangarh31

SawaiMadhopur26

Karauli17

Pratapgarh14

Ganganagar8

Bundi5

3,27,890 715

5,149 477

3,19,933 238

2,808

DistrictCases

Hyderabad2,475

Ranga Reddy183

Suryapet87

Jagitial77

Nizamabad76

MedchalMalkajgiri75

Mancherial43

YadadriBhuvanagiri40

Jogulamba Gadwal40

Vikarabad40

Nalgonda33

Warangal Urban32

Mahabubnagar30

Sangareddy26

Khammam26

Adilabad22

Nirmal21

Karimnagar17

RajannaSircilla16

Medak11

Kamareddy11

Mahabubabad10

Jayashankar Bhupalapally9

Nagarkurnool8

Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8

Jangoan8

Siddipet7

Peddapalli5

Bhadradri Kothagudem5

Warangal Rural4

Mulugu3

Narayanpet3

Wanaparthy1

3,05,309 518

3,995 311

2,99,631 204

1,683 3

DistrictCases

Ahmadabad17,125

Surat2,311

Vadodara1,555

Gandhinagar410

Mahesana159

Banas Kantha147

Bhavnagar146

Rajkot135

Arvalli134

Mahisagar125

Anand107

PanchMahals107

Patan105

SabarKantha101

Kachchh99

Kheda98

Jamnagar63

Bharuch56

Botad55

Surendranagar55

Valsad47

GirSomnath45

Dohad43

Chhotaudepur37

Naysari35

Junagadh31

Narmada25

DevbhumiDwarka22

Amreli16

Porbandar11

Tapi6

Dang5

Morbi4

2,94,130 1,961

9,372 549

2,80,285 1,405

4,473 7

DistrictCases

Gurugram2,950

Faridabad867

Sonipat404

Rohtak145

Palwal120

Jhajjar114

Karnal104

Hisar98

Ambala93

Panipat78

Nuh68

Bhiwani60

Rewari56

Kurukshetra55

Sirsa50

Kaithal48

Mahendragarh47

CharkiDadri43

Panchkula39

Fatehabad38

Jind38

Yamunanagar19

2,83,622 1,053

7,229 484

2,73,276 562

3,117 7

DistrictCases

Indore3,839

Bhopal1,880

Ujjain799

Burhanpur351

Neemuch319

Jabalpur276

East Nimar266

Sagar228

Gwalior211

Khargone196

Dewas140

Dhar132

Mandsaur112

Morena109

Bhind87

Raisen71

Barwani60

Ratlam51

Rewa39

Shajapur39

Hoshangabad37

Vidisha37

Chhatarpur35

Betul35

Rajgarh31

Dindori29

Sheopur26

Damoh26

Satna24

Anuppur22

Panna20

Tikamgarh18

Sidhi17

Narsinghpur17

Chhindwara16

Agar Malwa15

Mandla15

Shivpuri15

Jhabua14

Shandol14

Singrauli13

Ashoknagar13

Datia12

Sehore12

Umaria10

Balaghat9

Guna8

Harda4

Alirajpur3

Katni3

Seoni2

Niwari0

2,82,174 1,885

11,004 957

2,67,242 919

3,928 9

DistrictCases

Patna279

Bhagalpur266

Rohtas256

Khagaria253

Begusarai243

Madhubani199

Munger188

Jehanabad178

Katihar175

Darbhanga143

Samastipur139

Siwan139

PurbiChamparan138

Purnia135

Banka134

Buxar134

Nalanda123

Gopalganj123

Nawada122

Sheikhpura118

Gaya115

Kaimur (bhabua)105

Bhojpur103

Saran101

Muzaffarpur96

Saharsa88

Supaul87

Vaishali87

Madhepura82

Kishanganj75

Aurangabad75

Sitamarhi73

Lakhisarai72

Araria68

Pashchim Champaran57

Arwal52

Jamui47

Sheohar20

2,64,198 258

925 198

2,61,706 58

1,567 2

DistrictCases

Amritsar485

Jalandhar297

Ludhiana293

Tarn Taran163

Gurdaspur154

Hoshiarpur140

S.A.S Nagar137

Patiala132

Sangrur107

Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99

Pathankot86

Rupnagar (Ropar)74

Faridkot74

Sri Muktsar Sahib71

Moga65

Bathinda60

Fatehgarh Sahib57

Fazilka53

Firozepur50

Kapurthala44

Mansa31

Barnala25

2,22,937 2,661

21,405 883

1,95,015 1,735

6,517 43

DistrictCases

Kamrup Metro276

Golaghat203

Nagaon143

Hojai89

Dima Hasao86

Karimganj85

Tinsukia84

Cachar80

Dibrugarh61

Hailakandi57

Lakhimpur57

Marigaon50

Dhemaji47

Kamrup42

Kokrajhar37

Dhubri30

Charaideo29

Barpeta28

Udalguri28

Sonitpur27

Jorhat24

Nalbari23

Darrang20

Sivasagar20

Goalpara19

Biswanath16

Baksa14

KarbiAnglong13

Bongaigaon12

Chirang6

West KarbiAnglong5

South SalmaraMancachar4

Majuli2

2,18,139 40

1,736 17

2,15,299 22

1,104 1

DistrictCases

Anantnag395

Srinagar300

Kulgam295

Baramulla271

Shopian255

Kupwara231

Bandipora175

Udhampur155

Ramban151

Jammu138

Budgam110

Pulwama108

Kathua53

Rajouri39

Ganderbal37

Poonch35

Doda27

Reasi26

Samba25

Kishtwar10

Mirpur0

Muzaffarabad0

1,29,203 172

1,593 80

1,25,627 92

1,983

DistrictCases

East Singhbum170

Ranchi148

Hazaribagh110

Garhwa80

Ramgarh75

Koderma58

Simdega48

Dhanbad32

Gumla28

Palamu27

West Singhbhum21

SaraikelaKharsawan20

Giridih19

Bokaro16

Latehar14

Khunti10

Lohardaga8

Deoghar5

Dumka5

Pakur4

Jamtara2

Godda2

Chatra1

Sahebganj0

1,21,973 278

1,175 206

1,19,698 72

1,100

DistrictCases

Dehradun370

Nainital323

Tehri Garhwal110

Haridwar94

Udam Singh Nagar83

Almora71

Champawat45

Pithoragarh43

Chamoli36

PauriGarhwal36

Bageshwar31

Rudraprayag30

Uttar Kashi24

99,072 192

1,150 38

96,215 153

1,707 1

DistrictCases

Hamirpur117

Kangra105

Una41

Solan32

Chamba29

Bilaspur21

Mandi21

Sirmaur11

Shimla10

Kullu4

Kinnaur2

Lahaul And Spiti0

61,616 315

1,903 249

58,684 64

1,029 2

DistrictCases

South Goa69

North Goa57

57,170 189

1,278 122

55,070 66

822 1

DistrictCases

Pondicherry111

Mahe4

Karaikal2

Yanam0

40,740 95

540 95

39,521

679

DistrictCases

Dhalai196

Sepahijala174

Gomati74

South Tripura53

Unakoti49

West Tripura45

Khowai24

North Tripura14

33,482 2

44 1

33,046 1

392

DistrictCases

Churachandpur32

Kangpokpi26

Imphal West21

Thoubal18

Imphal East10

Tengnoupal9

Bishnupur7

Senapati6

Chandel5

Kamjong5

Ukhrul4

Jiribam3

Pherzawl3

Kakching2

Tamenglong2

Noney1

29,367 5

57 4

28,936 1

374

DistrictCases

Chandigarh313

25,356 226

2,286 108

22,702 115

368 3

DistrictCases

Changlang31

Papum Pare8

Lohit3

Namsai2

West Siang1

East Siang1

Upper Siang1

Tawang1

PakkeKessang1

West Kameng0

Upper Subansiri0

Tirap0

Siang0

Shi Yomi0

Anjaw0

Lower Subansiri0

Lower Dibang Valley0

Longding0

Leparada0

KurungKumey0

KraDaadi0

Kamle0

East Kameng0

Dibang Valley0

Lower Siang0

16,842

1 0

16,785

56

DistrictCases

East Khasi Hills22

West Garo Hills5

South West Garo Hills4

North Garo Hills1

West Jaintia Hills1

West Khasi Hills1

East Garo Hills0

East Jaintia Hills0

Ribhoi0

South Garo Hills0

South West Khasi Hills0

14,022 3

23 1

13,849 1

150 1

DistrictCases

Dimapur20

Mon8

Kohima7

Kiphire3

Tuensang3

Peren2

Phek1

Longleng0

Mokokchung0

Wokha0

Zunheboto0

12,229 3

4 2

12,133

92 1

DistrictCases

Kargil77

LehLadakh43

9,948 6

105 4

9,713 2

130

DistrictCases

East District3

South District3

North District0

West District0

6,212 2

40 3

6,037 5

135

DistrictCases

South Andamans33

Nicobars1

North And Middle Andaman1

5,042 1

6 0

4,974 1

62

DistrictCases

Kolasib11

Aizawl10

Mamit8

Lawngtlai2

Lunglei2

Saitual1

Champhai0

Hnahthial0

Khawzawl0

Saiha0

Serchhip0

4,460 6

24 6

4,425

11

DistrictCases

Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

3,536 26

92 22

3,442 4

2

DistrictCases

Lakshadweep District0

708 11

111 7

596 4

1





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