No handshakes or hugs: NCOC issues guidelines for Eid prayers
ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) issued on Tuesday safety guidelines for Eidul Fitr prayers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the NCOC, the Eid prayers should be offered at open spaces with Covid-19 protocols. In case prayers are offered indoors, windows and doors of mosques be kept open for adequate ventilation.
In order to avoid crowding, two to three congregational prayers should be held at a venue with staggered timings and minimum strength.
The NCOC said that the Eid sermon should be kept brief and comprehensive with minors under 15 years of age, elderly citizens and those suffering from some illness be discouraged from attending congregational prayers.
It has made mask wearing mandatory for every worshiper who have been further advised to bring their own prayer mats.
The NCOC said the places where the Eid prayers will be offered should have multiple entry and exit points with effective thermal scanners. Six-feet distance between rows of worshipers be ensured and they should avoid handshaking or hugs after Eid prayers.
It stressed the need for strict enforcement of SOPs to contain the spread of the coronavirus.