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Pakistan issues Covid protocol, urges collective Eid sacrifice

NCOC says prayers should be oragnised in open spaces
Published 05 Jul, 2022 12:32pm
<p>People wearing facemasks exchange greetings after offering Eidul Fitr prayers despite concerns over the spread of the Covid-19 at the Eidgah Sharif Darbar in Rawalpindi on May 24, 2020. AFP</p>

People wearing facemasks exchange greetings after offering Eidul Fitr prayers despite concerns over the spread of the Covid-19 at the Eidgah Sharif Darbar in Rawalpindi on May 24, 2020. AFP

ISLAMABAD: The government has urged the people to perform a collective sacrifice on Eidul Adha, as it issued the coronavirus protocol for the festival.

“Individual Qurbani may be allowed, however, collective will be preferred,” the National Command and Operation Centre said in its notification related to guidelines.

It comes amid the increase in Covid cases. At least 653 coronavirus cases were reported over the last 24 hours, the National Institute of Health said.

Abdul Qadir Patel, the federal health minister, on Monday, expressed concerns over the rising number of critical Covid-19 patients. He asked all concerned stakeholders to remain alert.

Guidelines for Eid prayer

  • Prayers should be organised in open spaces
  • In case of any compulsion to offer prayers inside mosques, then all windows and doors should be kept open for ventilation
  • Preferably two to three prayers should be organised at one single venue with staggered timings to afford an opportunity for maximum people to offer prayers
  • All Ulemas leading prayers should be sensitised to keep sermons and khutbaas short so that people remain present at the prayer venue for a short time
  • Efforts should be made to discourage sick, elderly, and young children
  • Under no circumstances, people should be allowed to enter the prayer venue without a proper face mask
  • There should be multiple entries and exit points at prayer venues to avoid jumbling up of individuals to prevent the transmission of disease
  • Venue organisers should ensure the availability of a sufficient quantity of hand sanitisers at the entry points. It should be mandatory for all worshippers to use sanitisers before entering the venue
  • Efforts should be made to discourage people from embracing and handshaking after the prayer to avoid disease transmission
  • There should not be any gathering at the prayer venue before the prayer and people should be asked to disperse immediately after prayers

Management of sacrifice

  • Efforts will be made to promote central/collective sacrifice through various public, private and community organisations while ensuring adherence to Covid-19 protocol, including wearing masks, social distancing and staying away from crowds
  • Continuous engagements will be ensured by provinces with Ulemas for encouraging people to central/collective and online sacrifice
  • Provinces to initiate awareness campaigns to educate the masses on the possible spread of Covid during meat distribution; therefore, care must be exercised in meat handling/distribution
  • The site of slaughtering should be away from residential areas and preferably in open, vast spaces
  • Crowding at slaughtering sites should be avoided, and minimum numbers of people should be present at the site
  • Any other measures as deemed appropriate to contain the virus

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