The Festival of Lights, Diwali, is approaching. The grandest holiday of the year, however, will almost definitely be a tiny affair due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The festival’s spirit and excitement have been muted as a result of the new coronavirus. Citizens have been asked by the government to take caution and refrain from using fireworks during diwali.
The government made the right move in asking residents to desist from using firecrackers, according to health experts. Although the number of COVID-19 cases has decreased momentarily, doctors have warned of a possible spike in infections owing to enhanced socialization during the diwali season. In reality, if citizens do not follow the safety and preventive measures, the deadly illness, aided by pollution, could turn even deadlier for the country.
Don’t worry, though; you can still have a lot of fun if you follow a few guidelines. The government has established some rules and regulations on how to celebrate diwali this year in order to safeguard the safety and security of the people. Large gatherings and celebrations have been halted, and experts recommend staying indoors and adhering to rigorous safety guidelines.
Follow these suggestions for extra steps to take during the Diwali season to keep yourself safe.
1.Don’t forget to wear your mask:
It is essential to be responsible and take appropriate measures. This year’s Covid outbreak has necessitated the use of masks. Therefore, keep your masks on when you are outside or among other people. Masks will provide protection against both the coronavirus and the smoke and pollution produced by the usage of firecrackers.
2. Before lighting the Diya/candles, don’t use sanitizer:
Before lighting diyas, candles, or lanterns or playing with firecrackers, avoid using alcohol-based hand sanitizers. This is due to the fact that sanitizers are combustible and can spark fires. Before performing anything that involves lighting a fire, experts advise that you wash your hands with soap and water.
3. Avoid burning firecrackers:
Regardless of whether firecrackers are banned in your state, don’t use them. Burning crackers not only pollute the air but also increases the danger of COVID-19.
4. Always have water and soap on hand:
Rather than carrying hand sanitizer with you, bring some water and paper soap. They’re safer, and you can wash your hands without fear of catching fire.
5. Maintain social distance during diwali:
Yes, we realize that the purpose of the celebration is to bring people together and strengthen ties. Try to acclimate to the new reality of this festive period by avoiding physical contact. This Diwali, it is advisable to spend most of your time indoors. If you’re greeting someone, though, fold your hands in namaste or embrace them in some other way that avoids body contact.
6. Refuse to eat outside if at all possible:
Although there is no proof that Covid-19 can be spread through cooked food, it is advised that people should avoid eating outside during the holiday season. This is not only due to the risk of Covid-19, but also because outside food can induce other gastrointestinal illnesses, weakening your immunity and harming your overall health. Also, what’s a festival without a home-cooked, traditional meal?
7. Keep sanitizer away from the fire:
People have started keeping sanitizer bottles in their homes during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, because the majority of sanitizers contain alcohol, they can readily catch fire. As a result, store your hand sanitizer bottles safely.
8. The elderly should stay inside the house during diwali:
To avoid the cold, the elderly should remain indoors. Physical gatherings should be avoided by people of all ages. Instead, catch up with family and friends on the internet. Sustain the ‘new normal.’
9. Don’t throw half-burnt crackers:
Never toss partially burnt firecrackers because they can land on something combustible and catch on fire. This can be very dangerous.