KATHMANDU, Oct 8: In a bid to curb further spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the government has urged all people across the country to perform only routine rituals at temples during the upcoming Dashain festival.
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), Dr Jageshwor Gautam said the request has been made to help avoid crowds at temples and other holy places during one of the biggest festivals of Hindu community.
“Higher level of precaution is required at the time of festivals when people from different places of the country gather in the villages and towns,” said Dr Gautam during a virtual media briefing of the ministry on Thursday. He also urged people not to set up any swings, which people often put in place during the Dashain festival, in view of the heightened risk of the further spread of COVID-19.
As Kathmandu Valley is reporting an alarming rate of COVID-19 infection in the past few days, Spokesperson Gautam also asked the commuters to mandatorily use face masks and hand sanitizers while going outside home for shopping and other purposes. The shopkeepers are also requested to keep their outlets open from early in the morning to late evening to avoid crowds of people.