The Election Commission on Monday extended the ban on the road shows, pediatras, cycle/bike/vehicle rallies till February 1, in view of the Covid-19 situation, particularly in the poll- bound states of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh.

However, it has decided to allow physical public meetings of parties or candidates in designated open spaces with a maximum of 1,000 persons (instead of existing 500) or 50 percent of the ground capacity or the prescribed limit set by State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), whichever is lesser, from February 1, for all phases.

The poll panel has also enhanced the limit for door to door campaigning, with 20 persons, excluding security personnel, allowed, instead of 10 so far. Other instructions will continue, the officials added.

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The Commission has also now granted relaxation for parties to the extent that indoor meetings now can have a maximum of 500 persons (instead of existing 300) or 50 percent of the hall capacity or the prescribed limít set by the SDMA while the parties/ candidates shall ensure the compliance of Covid appropriate behaviour and guidelines and Model Code of Conduct at all occasions during activities connected with elections.

All remaining restrictions, as contained in the Revised Broad Guidelines for Conduct of Elections, 2022 issued on January 8, shall continue to operate, the EC said in a statement.

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