Covid: No hugs, no prayer gatherings, Eid a low-key affair in Kerala
Kozhikode: Eid will be celebrated in Kerala on Sunday as the moon was sighted on Saturday. Amid the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown, people will offer Eid namaz at their homes.
This will be perhaps the first time that there will no mass namaz at mosques and idgahs across Kerala as the government has prohibited all kinds of religious gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. There will be no shaking of hands or warm embraces because of the stringent social distancing norms.
Prayer gatherings, outdoor events or public meets have been curtailed.
Mosques in Kerala have avoided the Eid prayers due to the government directive to avoid gatherings.
As Sunday has been declared a complete lockdown day, the government has announced relaxations in lockdown restrictions. The relaxations are over and above the activities allowed on Sunday.
Shops including bakeries, fabric stores, sweets shops, fancy stores and footwear stores can remain open from 7 am to 7 pm. Meanwhile, meat and fish outlets can remain open from 6 am to 11 am.
Moreover, the government has permitted inter district transport for visiting relatives but only while adhering to all the coronavirus prevention protocol.
“Mass prayers are integral to Eid. For believers, it is painful to miss them. But the situation warrants so,” said chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan while greeting Muslim brethren on the eve of the festival.
Eid marks the end of the fasting month of Ramzan