Bengaluru, Sept 5: In a high-level meeting with the technical experts, the state government Sunday decided to relax the prevailing guidelines to allow partial Ganeshotsav celebrations and setting up of pandals.
The decision to approve partial celebrations comes in the wake of fears looming over the possible third wave of Covid hitting the state.
Permission to erect pandals has come as a major relief to idol-makers, who had gone bankrupt last year due to the ban on Ganeshotsav during Covid lockdown in the country.
Pandals install big Ganesha idols which brings good income for them.
According to the guidelines, not more than one Ganesha pandal can be set up in each ward. They also disallow immersion of the idols post 9 pm.
Ganeshotsav festivities have been permitted for a maximum of five days, and cultural programmes have been completely banned.
Ganeshotsav celebrations are banned in border taluks where positivity rate is found over two per cent
Apartment associations have been permitted to celebrate on their premises, but a maximum of 20 people present at a time.
Karnataka Saturday had reported 983 new infections and recorded 21 deaths, taking the total caseload to 29,54,047 and the toll to 37,401.