Special arrangements have been made for Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort because of increasing COVID-19 cases in India.
All invitees have been requested to wear masks. Besides that, an adequate number of suitable masks will be kept handy for distribution at various points of the venue. Similarly, hand sanitizers will be made available at pre-defined locations. Display boards are placed discreetly to attract the attention of invitees.
Medical booths at four locations have been set up – near the rampart, at Madhavdas Park and a couple of them at 15 August Park. The booths will cater to any attendee who is detected having any symptoms related to COVID-19 during entry. Ambulances will also be stationed at the four locations.
Thermal screening at all entry points for the invitees has been planned. Thorough sanitization of the premises is being carried out regularly.
The seating enclosures and walkways have been laid with wooden flooring and carpeting to facilitate seamless movement of guests, so that overcrowding at any particular place does not happen. In addition, door frame metal detectors, with adequately spaced markings, have been provided to avoid queuing and to ensure smooth passage of all the invitees.
Participation in the event, is only through invitation and members who do not have formal invites are requested to refrain from coming to the venue. Over 4000 invites have been issued to officials, diplomats, members of public, media etc.
Members of the Guard of Honour have been under quarantine. The guiding principle for seating has been “do gaz ki doori” – 6 feet distance between any two guests seated during the event.
In order to sensitise the invitees on COVID-19 safety measures, a special advisory for following the guidelines has been issued along with each invitation card. A ‘ request card’ would be placed on each seat for the invitees to exhibit restraint and patience during dispersal after the conclusion of the function. Traffic Police advisory will also contain a note on the matter.
With an eye on safety, NCC Cadets have been invited to witness the event (instead of young school children) and they will be seated at Gyanpath.