The District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has banned all public gatherings for picnics in the Darrang district because of the rising COVID-19 cases.

The DDMA in a notice has put a bar on public gatherings for picnic purposes in the district with effect from Thursday till further orders.

An order by the DDMA Chairman and Darrang Deputy Commissioner Pranab Kumar Sarmah stated, “It has come to my notice that COVID 19 protocols like social distancing, using face masks have not been maintained which develop every likelihood of spreading the infections.”

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“Hence considering the public hygiene the picnic spots are declared closed from January 20 till further order”, stated the order by Sarmah.

The popular picnic places which have been closed for the purposes included Orang National Park under Dalgaon revenue circle, Kuruwa, Narikoli temple, Kapur Puri temple all are under Sipajhar revenue circle, Lakhimpur fishery, Chereng Chapori and Gaa Dhowa ghat all under Mangaldai revenue circle and Khatara Satra under Patharighat revenue circle among others.

However, there will be no bar for the visitors and tourists for Orang National Park.

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The order also warned the perpetrators of the said order which would invite both under the provisions of DM Act and u/s of the IPC 188.

Meanwhile, the COVID 19 positive figure shoots up to 195 in the last 24 hours with an average positivity rate of 13.54 %.

Mayukh Goswami

Mayukh Goswami is Northeast Now Correspondent in Mangaldai. He can be reached at: mayukh.mld@gmail.com