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Coronavirus Eidul Azha guidelines: disinfect slaughter site, avoid hugging

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 10, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jul 10, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
Coronavirus Eidul Azha guidelines: disinfect slaughter site, avoid hugging

Animal market of Shah Pur Kanjra before Eidul Azha in Lahore. Photo: Online

Eidul Azha will fall on July 31 this year. There was a spike seen in infections two weeks after the previous Eid as people did not follow coronavirus SOPs.

The National Ministry of Health has released COVID-19 prevention guidelines for Eidul Azha. These include the measures to be taken during the slaughtering of animals and Eid prayers.

During slaughter

  • Slaughter site should be away from general public
  • Crowding at the site should be avoided
  • Keep a distance of at least two metres from others
  • Wear a mask and gloves
  • Cough or sneeze into bent elbows
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 40-60 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with 60-80% alcohol

For disinfection

  • Clean the site before and after with detergent and water, followed by rinsing and drying
  • Disinfect using chemicals such as bleach or any household disinfectant
  • Use disposable towels and disposable mop heads for cleaning OR
  • Wash used towels and mop with surf and water afterwards

Eid prayers

  • Mosques should have separate entrances and exits
  • Thermal guns should be used to screen everyone for fever
  • Install hand sanitisers at entrances/exits
  • Everyone should wear a face mask
  • Physical distancing marking should be used to maintain a six-feet gap
  • Worshippers should bring their own prayer mats
  • Encourage people to perform wudhu at home
  • The sick, elderly and children under 15 years should not go to the mosque/ Eidgah
  • Avoid traditional Eid greetings such as hugging
  • There should be a safety officer on both men and women’s side
  • The waiting time between the call to prayer and the actual prayer will be 10 minutes to avoid overcrowding
  • Mosques should close 10 minutes after the prayer ends
  • Mosque Imams should talk about coronavirus prevention in their Eid sermons
  • Windows and doors of mosques should be kept open for ventilation
  • Carpets or mats should not be laid down in mosques
  • Wash floors for prayers using chlorinated water
  • Hard copies of the Holy Quran and other books must be removed
  • Water coolers should not be used
  • Bathroom area must remain closed

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