No Eidgah at public places; only 100 people allowed in mass prayers on Eid
Thiruvananthapuram: As Bakrid is around the corner, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held a video conference with Islamic leaders on Thursday in view of the challenges in the celebrations amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Addressing the media here, the Chief Minister informed that the religious leaders expressed solidarity with the government’s COVID-19 preventive measures.
The meeting with the religious leaders recommended to carry out Bakrid celebrations as per COVID-19 protocol. The leaders promised the government that all rituals related to Bakrid will be performed as per the protocol. Only essential rituals will be performed and celebrations will be limited.
Eidgah will not be arranged at public places for offering mass prayers on Bakrid. Prayers will be held in mosques only. The religious leaders assured that social distancing will be strictly maintained. The meeting also opined that more than 100 people should not be allowed to take part in the prayers at mosques.
COVID test will be conducted for those who are involved in the animal sacrifice ritual. Allowing entry to strangers at mosques will be restricted. The mosques which remained closed even after the relaxations in lockdown informed that they will continue to remain shut on Bakrid day also, the Chief Minister informed.