GUWAHATI, Aug 4 - The State government has issued a set of guidelines for celebrating Independence Day keeping in view the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the State level, a ceremony will be held in Guwahati where the Chief Minister will hoist the Tricolour. There will be a presentation of guard of honour and march-past by police, paramilitary and home guards.
Participation of school and college students, NCC, and Scouts and Guides in the ceremony will not be allowed.
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, large congregation will be avoided. The invitation will not exceed one-third of the seating capacity of the venue.
�It would be appropriate that COVID-19 warriors like doctors, health workers, sanitation workers, etc., are invited to the ceremony as recognition of their noble service in fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Some persons cured from the infection many also be invited,� the guidelines said.
There will be no cultural programmes and all health protocols of the government will have to be followed at the function.
No award ceremony will be conducted, but names of award recipients will be announced at the function. The awards will be handed over to the recipients at their residences by the district administrations.
There would be thermal scanner at the entry points and all labourers and workers would be tested for the virus prior to their engagement in the preparations.
Supervising officials and security personnel, including the parade contingent, will also be tested prior to their engagement.
Similar instructions have been issued for the programmes to be held at the district level.