Mysuru, October 10: In a wake of rising the COVID -19 cases in the state, the Karnataka government released its recommendations for conducting Dasara 2020 in Mysuru and asked the organizers to make the Dasara celebration virtually this year.
“The case fatality rate (in Mysuru) is 2.1% and the test positivity rate is 17% as on October 8. Mysuru stands next to Bengaluru in terms of disease burden and fatality,” the committee headed by Dr. M K Sudarshan noted in its report submitted to the government.
As of October 8, the positivity rate and fatality rate of Mysuru stand at 17% and 2.1%. The recommendations seek to ensure the continuation of tradition and cultural activities besides making the events COVID-19.
The Dasara celebrations will be held from October 17 to 26. The opening ceremony will be attended by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. The report also said that the opening ceremony should be strictly restricted to just 200 people with all COVID precautions.
Moreover, the cultural function in the Mysuru Palace scheduled from October 17-24 shall be limited to two hours daily with a maximum of 50 people in attendance. Artists from Mysuru and other districts of Karnataka will be preferred.
According to the recommendation persons with symptoms such as cough, cold, fever, throat pain, difficulty in breathing, etc. will not be allowed at the venue. Moreover, only 300 people will be allowed to participate in the Jumbo Savar including dignitaries, security personnel, and administrative staff-- will be allowed to attend the event.
Most importantly, RT-PCR negative test reports shall be mandatory for officials, staff, security personnel, media personnel, and others attending these events. The government also made wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing mandatory.
Further, police personnel will be deployed at key areas in the city where the illumination will be on from 7 pm to 9 pm across all days from October 17 to 26 when festivities take place.
The Mysuru Dasara festival is celebrated during the nine-day Navratri festival. It is one of the biggest tourist attractions. This is often referred to as the Royal Festival due to its exuberant vibe. The festival starts with the first day of Navaratri and culminates on Vijayadashami or Dussehra. During all ten-days of the function, the Mysore Palace remains illuminated with thousands of lights.