Calcutta High Court issues guidelines for Durga Puja celebrations amid COVID-19 crisis

In an unprecedented move, the Calcutta High Court while hearing a Public Interest Litigation today asking for a complete ban on Durga Puja amidst the rising cases of Covid in West Bengal saying that every Puja pandal will be treated as a containment zone. The division bench passed an order making 34,000 puja pandals across West Bengal as no-entry zones. Fixed number of 25 members of big puja pandals and 15 in the smaller ones will be allowed inside the pandals and their names have to be printed on a paper and fixed at the pandal entry to ensure no unauthorised person is entering. Along with this, the Calcutta High Court has asked barricades to be put up 10mts from big pandals and 5mts from smaller pandals to restrict any crowd. This order comes at a time West Bengal is gearing up for the largest festival of Durga Puja is less than 3 days. A compliance report will be submitted by the WB Police DG & Kolkata Police Commissioner four days after Laxmi Puja once the court reopens after vacation. Here’s a detailed report from Calcutta High Court on how Durga Puja will now be celebrated in West Bengal.