The coronavirus (COVID-19) scare in Assam has dampened the mood for many for the Holi celebrations which began on March 9th, 2020.
The widespread scare of coronavirus has taken a toll on the business of Holi festival. The wholesale dealers also complained that stocks have not been picked up by retailers yet.
“The sales rate of Holi business is all-time low due to the growing fear of novel coronavirus, this year. The customers are not coming to buy pichkari, waterguns and colours unlike the previous years. We are not selling anything imported from China. Yet, people are scared,” said Nagen Kalita, a street vendor, Ganeshguri.
A majority of the housing societies,high-end hotels and event organisers across Guwahati called off the otherwise boisterous Holi gatherings as a precautionary measure against coronavirus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other top political leaders said that they would not hold or be part of any ‘Holi Milan’ gathering this year. The announcements came in line with expert advice for people to reduce mass events to check the coronavirus spread.
The health experts have advised people against mass gathering for celebrating Holi so as to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19. The number of Covid-19 cases in India rose to 40 on March 9th, 2020.
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