Crowds Of Jagannath Rath Yatra Attendees Flout Social Distancing Norms, Watch Videos

The number of coronavirus cases in India has reportedly reached the 4,40,215 mark while 14,011 people have succumbed to it. Even though the government has started unlocking the country post the lockdown, the risk of catching the infection has still not subsided completely. Use of mask and sanitizers are still mandatory while maintaining social distance at public places is the need of the hour.

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But recently, the people attending the Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri were seen flouting the norms. One of the auspicious festivals in India, the Rath Yatra in Puri, Orissa commenced today and hundreds of priests and sevayats of the Jagannath Temple were in attendance.

According to India Today, the permission to organise the annual Rath Yatra was given by the Supreme Court on June 22, after denying it earlier. As instructed, the procession has to be organised in a limited way without public attendance and only the servitors who have tested negative for COVID-19 can participate in the festival.

However, one of them has been tested COVID-19 positive.

People online were not impressed by the attendees flouting the social distancing norms:

The Supreme Court of India gave its nod to organise the festival keeping the emotional sentiments of the devotees in mind. It also instructed every attendee to follow all safety norms. Wasn’t it the responsibility of the people to respect the order and abide by the rules. What do you think?