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Independence Day Celebrations go Virtual. Message from the Friends of India President Mahendra Mehta

Dear valued members:

I am sure you and your loved ones are taking all the necessary precautions to stay safe during these trying times of COVID-19 pandemic.  Since the phased reopening, there is a resurgence of the COVID -19 cases in Nevada and in Clark County.

Revised guidelines are being formulated by the state and federal authorities for safe phased opening. While it is too early to tell, it appears that events involving a large gathering of people may not be permitted or advisable during the next few months. We are keeping a close eye on the developments and large gathering guidelines.

We have two important events planned for the rest of 2020. Indian Independence day in August and Diwali in November. Though it is too early to make a decision on the Diwali event, it is not too early to decide on the upcoming Indian Independence Day event. Keeping in mind the current situation and the  Health and safety of our community, Friends Of India is canceling the planned in-person Independence day event at the Sierra Vista High school, scheduled for Saturday, August 15th.

Rather than hosting the in-person Independence Day event, the executive committee has decided to host this event virtually on Saturday, August 15th, 2020, at 5:00 pm. This way we celebrate India’s independence day from the comforts of our living rooms without the risk of exposing ourselves or spreading the virus. At the same time provide an opportunity for local talent to shine. Event Details if the virtual event and participation guidelines will be published soon. We look forward to your enthusiastic participation to make this virtual event a huge success.

Reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by cleaning and disinfection is an important part of reopening. We have to slow the spread of the virus through social distancing and prevention hygiene, such as frequently washing our hands and wearing face coverings. Every one of us has a role in making sure our communities are as safe as possible to reopen and remain open. Stay safe.

Mahendra Mehta, President – Friends of India

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