Big events can be organized with strict adherence to ‘Social Distancing’ – UP CM
29 July 2020: By following the treatment and prevention protocol during the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, one can be a part of the ‘Van Mahotsav,’ said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath, adding that big events can be organised if ‘social distancing’ protocol pertaining to COVID-19 is strictly followed by everyone. The Uttar Pradesh government plans to for planting 25 crore saplings during the “Van Mahotsav”.
Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned by most state governments in India. However, the Chief Minister is said to have underlined that during the ongoing plantation programme, adherence to social distancing can be clearly seen. This event is setting an example for organising big events.
The WHO (World Health Organisation) protocol on social distancing still advises to “maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and others. Because, when someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they emit small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease.” Moreover, WHO’s other protocol advises on avoid going to crowded places. “Where people come together in crowds, you are more likely to come into close contact with someone that has COVID-19 and it is more difficult to maintain physical the distance of 1 metre (3 feet).”
So, as on today, big events pose particular challenges to maintain and manage social distancing protocol. And India’s COVID-19 positive patients’ figures still going upward, experts indicate that it is necessary to stick to the laid down COVID-19 protocol which can only help prevent the spread of the virus.