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Interior Department Urges Compliance with COVID Protocols

August 31, 2021

The Interior Department has urged everyone to follow COVID security protocols during holiday celebrations.

The ministry said security protocols should also be followed at markets.

Ministry spokesman Phanindramani Pokharel said people are urged to avoid gatherings during cultural festival celebrations and to follow security measures when buying consumer goods.

Pokharel said administrations across the region have been instructed to take action against any activity that could lead to congestion and to

ensure that the festival is celebrated within very narrow confines.

“After analyzing the situation, the concept of an intellectual blockade has been implemented and the local administration will carry out its duties accordingly,” Pokharel said.

Local administrations have been given the power to tighten or relax the ban.

The ban in the Kathmandu Valley has been extended until August 24 as the risk of COVID-19 infection continues to increase.

The Kathmandu district administration has appealed to not create crowds for the Janai Purnima festival celebrated today and the Gayjatra festival held on Monday.

District Director Kali Prasad Parajuli urged everyone to follow safety rules and avoid being affected by COVID-19.

Senior Superintendent of Police Basant Bahadur Kunwar said police are mobilizing in all 77 districts as per government orders and pandemic restraining orders issued by local authorities. The risk of infection appears to be increasing as commercial centers, places of worship and public places are crowded even during the restriction order.