Islamabad: National Command & Operation Center (NCOC) has issued guidelines for the upcoming month of Ramadan.
According to reports, the NCOC has decided to continue with taraweeh prayers with proper implementation of Corona virus SOPs. The NCOC has urged the public to implement the guidelines put in place for mosques and imambargahs, such as wearing a mask and maintaining social distance of six feet between worshippers. It is suggested to hold taraweeh prayers in the courtyard instead of inside halls.
The NCOC has said that the ablution be prohibited within mosque premises and that worshippers perform ablution at home before going to the mosque for prayer. Moreover, the NCOC has urged people to wash their hands regularly for a minimum of twenty seconds while performing ablution. The NCOC has also restricted the use of carpets in mosques during Ramadan, instead they have suggested praying on the floor.
In lieu of this, the NCOC has ordered that mosques be washed regularly with chlorinated water. Moreover, they have suggested that young children and people over the age of fifty should refrain from visiting mosques, as well as anyone suffering from cough and flu.
To ensure that a distance of 6 feet is maintained, the NCOC has ordered special markings to facilitate mosque-goers. Moreover, the mosque and/or imambargah administration should form a committee to ensure implementation of NCOC prescribed SOPs and guidelines.
Additionally, given the situation, the NCOC has ordered people to sit for I’tikaf at home and to refrain from arranging Sehar or Iftaar in mosques.
According to reports, the government of Pakistan is authorized to change the suggested policies for areas severely affected by COVID-19.
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