“Meghalayan Age Festival” scaled down to a conference; limited invites only

Shillong, Mar 6: Taking into account the Covid-19 outbreak across the globe, the state government on Friday decided to scale down the much anticipated ‘Meghalayan Age Festival’ to a conference with limited invites.

The festival was scheduled to be held from March 7 to March 15 at Wenfield, Thadlaskein, West Jaintia Hills. The annual Trade Fair, which was supposed to be held at Madan Iewrynghep has also been cancelled.

The Chief Minister said that the decision was undertaken during a meeting with the state’s Health, Tourism and Home departments.

“As mass gatherings are to be avoided as per the Health department’s advisory, it is decided that the earlier planned events like evening music concerts and tethered balloon flights will not be held for the first three days,” Conrad said.

He further added that the first three days will only be a “Media Conference” and a “familiarization trip” for the 50-70 invitees who will be going through the existing screening process as per Government of India and State Government’s protocols.

“The state’s department of Tourism, is fully cognizant of the public advisory released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and the Department of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of Meghalaya regarding the outbreak of the COVID-19 Virus in India,” Conrad stated.

He informed that 54 students out of the 61 who had come from coronavirus affected countries especially China, have had their 28 days of quarantined period and came out clean. While the rest are still under observation.

“13 hospitals in the state have been identified where isolations wards will be set up,” the Chief Minister said.