Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has urged all the citizens of the state to postpone weddings and other functions that require large gatherings as covid-19 cases spurt in the state. The Chief Minister took to Twitter to seek people’s cooperation in the fight against novel coronavirus.
“The government is taking proactive steps to ensure people’s protection from the coronavirus pandemic. The government had to take the tough decision of imposing a lockdown – from today till May 15. Please cooperate in the fight against the virus by following anti-Covid rules,” he tweeted in Hindi.
“Amid an unprecedented situation triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, I urge the people of the state that social functions like weddings, where people congregate, should be postponed if possible. Such steps will help in breaking the chain of transmission. This will be in your and your family’s interest,” he added.
Mr Kumar’s appeal comes a day after a 10-day-long lockdown was announced in the state to arrest covid-19 surge. The lockdown was announced hours after the Patna High Court warned that it would have to take action if the state government fails to announce any stringent measures at the earliest.
Nitish Kumar tweeted on Tuesday, “After discussions with fellow ministers and officials on Monday, it has been decided to implement a complete lockdown in Bihar till May 15. The Disaster Management Group has been instructed to take action on Tuesday in relation to the lockdown’s detailed guidelines and other activities.”
As per the current lockdown guidelines, weddings are allowed with 50 guests in attendance, but the use of dancing jockeys or DJs, and marriage processions are banned.