Covid-19: Thousands flout social distancing norms to throng Durga puja pandals in Kolkata – kolkata

Covid-19: Thousands flout social distancing norms to throng Durga puja pandals in Kolkata – kolkata

Braving intermittent rain, hordes of individuals had been seen flocking huge-ticket Durga puja pandals in the town on Monday morning with little or no regard for social distancing norms.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had final week introduced that revellers can go pandal hopping from ‘Tritiya’ – three days earlier than the rituals start — to keep away from crowding on the final 4 days of the annual extravaganza.

At among the widespread marquees in the town, similar to Ekdalia Evergreen, Singhi Park, Sribhumi Sporting and Badamtala Asar Sangha, folks weren’t allowed to step inside with out masks.

Crowd administration, nonetheless, remained a problem as swarms of revellers gathered exterior the pandals, regardless of repeated warnings by the puja committees.

At Sribhumi Sporting, in the northern a part of the town, many had been seen huddling at totally different corners to click on pictures of the deity, bedecked in gold jewelry.

Subham Das, a pandal-hopper from Dumdum, mentioned exterior the Sribhumi pandal, “This pujo is a must-see for me, Covid or no Covid. What is the point if I can’t stay back a little after coming all way from my place, which is some 8km away?” Partha Ghosh, an workplace-bearer of Shivmandir Durga Puja in south Kolkata, mentioned volunteers on the exit and the entry factors are making certain that individuals don’t take off masks or push and shove each other.

Thousands of individuals additionally thronged the town’s purchasing hubs for final-minute purchases.

Rita Debnath, when requested why she wasn’t masking her nostril, hit again saying she was discovering it troublesome to breathe with the masks on.

“Why simply me, there are such a lot of others who aren’t following protocols. This is the one time of the 12 months I store for my kids and grandchildren…I can’t break that custom, the girl, in her mid-60s, mentioned exterior a store in Gariahat.

The Covid-19 loss of life toll in West Bengal went previous the 6,000-mark on Sunday with 64 extra fatalities, at the same time as a document variety of 3,983 contemporary circumstances pushed the tally to 3,21,036.

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