COVID is on rising again. It is our collective responsibility to take precautions rather than relying on the government for SOPs. Avoid gathering and staying indoors until and unless it isn’t important to leave the house. In the latest developments, NCOC has banned handshakes and hugs. Ah! We are a little perplexed as we got to know that PEMRA got offended by this notification. Weren’t they responsible to issue these notifications? Let’s see what happens.
Eid ul Azha is just a few days far. Everyone is excited to get their sacrificial animal and prepare for it. Eid ul Fitr was quite a happy and exciting one, but this Eid we have to take precautions due to the rise in COVID cases. The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has issued new SOPs after assessing the situation across the country.
Some of the SOPs that were revised were:
“Eid prayers to be held in open areas along with complete adherence to 6-feet social distancing and facemask wearing. Eid prayer at a single venue should be organized in multiple shifts at alternate timings to ensure minimum attendance. Eid sermon to be kept brief to minimize exposure to viral infection. Multiple entries and exit points are to be made to avoid overcrowding. Hand sanitizers are to be made available at the entry and exit points. Elderly adults, children aged less than 15 years, immunocompromised people, and other vulnerable adults should stay at home. People bring their prayer mat, perform ablution at home, and avoid hugging and handshaking after Eid prayer. No overcrowding in public places is allowed.”
Out of all the things, we feel sorry for PEMRA that they have been left out. They have been neglected and ignored for not exercising their duty of banning such acts publicly. We sympathize with them and request NCOC to revert the decision and hand it to PEMRA.