The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday issued a fresh set of SOPs for upcoming Eid-ul-Azha in order to control the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
According to the details, the forum has advised people to stay indoors during Eid holidays and observe precautionary measures in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases. “It is advised to undertake minimal necessary travel during Eid holidays as the risk of a new wave was imminent.” said the notification.
Furthermore, the NCOC said that Eid prayers should be offered in open spaces with COVID-19 protocols. In case of prayers being offered indoors, the windows and doors of the mosque should be kept open for adequate ventilation.
It added that Eid sermon should be kept brief and minors under 15 years of age, elderly citizens, and those suffering from illnesses should be discouraged from attending congregational prayers.
Speaking about the animal markets, the NCOC said that guidelines are to be followed by all individuals, including social distancing and mask wearing. The forum instructed all local authorities to ensure that every individual visiting the market wore face mask properly at all times.
These are all the SOPs announced by the NCOC for upcoming Eid-ul-Azha:
- Eid prayers to be held in open spaces with COVID protocols.
- Eid prayers to be held in 2-3 shifts at one venue with staggered timings to minimize interaction.
- Eid sermon should be kept brief to reduce exposure.
- Elderly, children under 15 years of age, sick to be discouraged from attending prayers.
- Mask wearing compulsory.
- Availability of hand sanitizers at entrances and exits.
- Six-feet social distancing.
- Worshippers need to bring own prayer mats.
- Encourage people to perform wudhu / ablution at home.
- Discourage socializing and handshakes at prayer venue.
- Avoid gatherings during Eid holidays.
It is pertinent to mention that Eid-ul-Azha 2022 is to be observed in Pakistan on 10th July 2022 and the government has declared five holidays for the occasion.
Read more: Govt Announces Five Public Holidays For Eid ul Azha 2022.
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