Sunburn returns to Goa amid COVID-19 pandemic; announcement draws flak on social media

Sunburn organisers announced that the popular music festival will be back with a 20 percent capacity on Goa's Vagator Beach between 27 and 29 December.

FP Staff November 02, 2020 13:03:53 IST
Sunburn returns to Goa amid COVID-19 pandemic; announcement draws flak on social media

Sunburn organisers on 1 November announced that the popular music festival will be back with a 20 percent capacity on Goa's Vagator Beach between 27 and 29 December.

However, in the light of pandemic this year, the festival will be a limited capacity event and will follow social distancing measures, in adherence to COVID-19 Government and WHO Protocols.

According to Conde Nast Traveller, all guests will have to mandatorily present an Aarogya Setu app for scanning to gain entry into the festival venue. Entry procedures will include a temperature check, sanitisation and mandatory face mask throughout the course of the festival. To ensure maximum social distancing, organisers have allotted private and designated Zones.

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" COVID-19 has literally put the pause on life. In India, we have witnessed stringent lockdown measures since March 2020. An unprecedented 7 months of staying in and staying safe. With the Unlock procedures initiated and specially Unlock 5 permitting ground events, we figured it's time to restart lives," Karan Singh, COO, Percept Live said.

In September, Goa's Deputy Chief Minister Ajgaonkar had said that he was not in favour of holding EDM festivals till a vaccine is introduced. “To us, the safety of people is more important,” he had said. However, on Sunday, in a sharp turn of events, he said, “we need to have such festivals with social distancing”.

The minister said “we don’t want to hold it at a very large scale, this year, it would be restricted to around 12,000 people”, adding that if the Union ministry of home affairs “doesn’t allow” the festival, the state government would cancel it. He said the file has been sent to a high-level permission committee for final approval, reports Times of India.

Meanwhile, the announcement of an EDM festival amid a pandemic has drawn instant flak online.

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