‘Invites down to one-fourth’: Covid precautions in place for Independence Day event at Red Fort

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‘Invites down to one-fourth’: Covid precautions in place for Independence Day event at Red Fort


NEW DELHI:

Special arrangements

have been made to maintain the sanctity of the Independence Day flag-hoisting ceremony at Red Fort on Saturday while factoring in requisite precautions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The defence ministry said the measures range from quarantining the armed forces personnel who will present the guard of honour to PM Modi to inviting NCC cadets instead of young school children to witness the event.

“All ceremonial drills have factored in

social distancing norms

as well as other precautionary measures. The guiding principle for seating has been ‘do gaz ki doori’ or a six-feet distance between any two guests seated during the event,” an official said. The number of invitees has also been curtailed to around one-fourth the normal. The MoD said only about 4,000 invites have been issued to officials, diplomats and members of the public this time.

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Similarly, only the senior-most cabinet ministers will sit on the upper dais on the ramparts of the Red Fort during the ceremony and the PM’s address to the nation.

Major Shweta Pandey

will assist the PM in unfurling the national flag.

“Additional door frame metal detectors, with adequately spaced markings have been provided to avoid queuing and to ensure smooth passage f

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