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12:00 AM, May 23, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:12 AM, May 23, 2020

Eid congregations in mosques only

DMP Issues 14-point instruction; asks devotees to perform ablutions at home

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police yesterday issued a 14-point instructions for devotees and mosque committees for observing the Eid-ul-Fitr and attending Eid prayers.

It also called upon all to celebrate Eid with family members at home and advised all to refrain from visiting relatives, neighbours, and entertainment spots amid the risk of transmission of coronavirus.

Eid is likely to be held on May 25, depending on the moon sighting.

This year, Eid congregations would be held in mosques instead of open spaces to curb the spread of the virus.

The devotees and mosque authorities have been asked to follow the instructions considering the risk of Covid-19 transmission. The mosques can arrange a number of Eid jamaats (congregations) if deemed necessary, according to the instructions.

The instructions, signed by DMP Commissioner Shafiqul Islam, also said devotees would have to perform their ablutions from home before coming for Eid prayers, instead of using ablutions room of the mosques.

Every devotee who goes to a mosque for Eid prayers must wear a mask and carry their own jainamaz (prayer mat) and tupee (cap) instead of using those in the mosque.

Carpets cannot be rolled out in mosques during Eid prayers and the whole mosques need to be cleaned using disinfectant ahead of congregations.

Soaps and hand sanitisers should be kept at the mosque entrance for devotees to clean their hands before entering the mosque premises.

Social distancing measures and health directives must be followed when standing in the jamaat for Eid prayers, the instructions read.

The DMP also asked the devotees to avoid shaking hands and exchanging hugs with others at the end of Eid jamaat and requested the mosque committees for separate arrangements for entering and leaving mosques of the devotees.

For the people leaving Dhaka to celebrate Eid with their dear and near ones in villages, DMP suggested using auto lock systems on the main doors of their houses and to lock doors and windows carefully before leaving.

They have also been advised not to keep valuables in empty homes and instead keep those safe elsewhere.

Market and shopping mall owners have been suggested keeping close contact with local police stations and outposts for ensuring security.


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