The Central Government issued an official advisory on Tuesday urging states to brace themselves for the upcoming festive season. Large-scale gatherings at fairs, festivals, and other religious functions could cause a flare-up of COVID-19 infections. “State governments, Union territories administrations concerned, which have high positivity in their districts, should take proactive containment measures so as to effectively arrest the spike in cases and contain the spread of transmission” said the letter addressed to chief secretaries.