The Calcutta high court on Tuesday (November 10) banned Chhath Puja processions across West Bengal. 

The devotees have also been restricted from entering two of the largest lakes within the city, Rabindra Sarobar and Subhas Sarobar. 

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Several guidelines for Chhath Puja celebration in the state have been issued by the court amid the surging COVID-19 cases. It has asked the state government to strictly enforce its ban on firecrackers during the upcoming festivals.

High court advocate, Sabyasachi Chatterjee said, “The court has banned Chhath Puja processions. Only two persons from a family can enter any water body to perform the puja. Devotees coming in vehicles will have to maintain social distance and not all will be allowed to get down.”

Other members of the family will have to observe Chhath Puja from home or in and around their home. Wearing of masks has been made mandatory at all stages.

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The division bench asked the state government to take a call on restrictions that need to be enforced on local train travel during the festive days to prevent crowd surge.

The state police have been directed to ensure that no crackers are sold or used in Kolkata as crackers have already been banned till November 30 by the high court and the NGT.