Gandhi Maidan to Reopen for General Public with a Few Restrictions

Patna's Gandhi Maidan (file photo).

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Patna: District administration in Patna on Wednesday announced its decision to re-open historical Gandhi Maidan that had been shut down to the public since March 14 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The notification came from Patna Divisional Commissioner S K Agrawal who also visited the Maidan where he directed the concerned officials to begin a thorough clean-up job prior to the public opening of the place on the morning of June 12.

According to the memo, the sprawling field will be open for morning walkers on Friday between 5:00 am and 10:00 am. It will open for general public at 3:00 pm but will close again at 6:00 with no one allowed inside except for the authorized personnel.

Agrawal was accompanied by senior forestry and park officials

The Commissioner said that the park will be completely sanitized by Patna Municipal Corporation workers who have been given masks, sanitizers, and soaps to carry out the clean-up work. He also appealed to the public to maintain safe distance between two people and urged them not to visit the Maidan if they had signs of cough, cold, fever or other symptoms of Coronavirus.

"If you are jogging or running, you are not required to put on a face mask but if you are simply sitting or walking, you much cover your face with a mask," Agrawal said adding policemen present at the entrances will be checking for masks and those who do not possess one will not be allowed to enter the field.

Other rules imposed by the administration in order to get inside Gandhi Maidan include complete ban on the use of tobacco, guthka, and spitting. The premise will also be off-limit to people over 65, pregnant women, children under 10-years of age, and those suffering from any type of contagious disease.

All activities inside the Maidan will be monitored by close-circuit TV cameras and those who are found to be in violation of the rules set by the administration will be fined and may eventually be barred from entering the area, the Commissioner said.

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