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The government has overturned the decision of the Bhutan Infocomm and Media Authority (BICMA) to suspend all the ongoing reality shows in the country.

The government’s announcement came just hours after the BICMA had notified the public about discontinuing them through bulk SMSes. The government will allow the reality shows to be continued as scheduled.

Officials from the government said that BICMA had not routed its decision through the government. It was learnt that such decisions should be endorsed by the government.

“In view of the emergent situation as a result of COVID-19 in the country, all reality shows shall be discontinued till further notice,” the BICMA had notified the public.

BICMA officials were not available for comment.

One of the ongoing reality shows was the Druk Gi Kalapingka, the finale of which was held yesterday after the suspension was lifted yesterday. However, the finale was held at the BBS although it was originally planned to be broadcast live from the Clock Tower square.

Officials said that the finale was not held at the Clock Tower square to avoid possible spread of the novel coronavirus.

The government and health officials have advised the general public to avoid gathering. Schools and institutions have been closed for two weeks since March 6 as a precautionary measure.

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