The National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority of the United Arab Emirates on Monday presented the COVID-19 guidelines for Eid al-Adha, which falls on July 9.
Protocols for Eid prayers
Prayer rooms and mosques will be open after dawn prayers on Eid day, NCEMA said in a special press briefing on the matter, adding that Eid prayers and ceremonies should not exceed 20 minutes.
Worshipers have been instructed to adhere to one-metre physical distancing protocols, wear a face mask at all times and use single-use or personal prayer rugs.
Stickers will also be placed outside mosques to ensure social distancing, and police patrols, volunteers and imams will oversee the entry and exit of worshipers into mosque prayer areas on Eid Day. .
The authority also advised people to avoid large gatherings, handshakes and physical personal greetings to reduce transmission of the virus.
Worshipers have also been advised to have green status on their Al Hosn apps and take a PCR test up to 72 hours before the Eid holiday to ensure public safety.
“In order to be comfortable and at peace to enjoy [the Eid] with family members, especially the elderly, we recommend performing a PCR lab test no later than 72 hours before Eid to ensure everyone’s health and safety,” NCEMA said in a statement on Monday. communicated.
Hajj pilgrims return to UAE
Hajj pilgrims have been advised to adhere to mandatory COVID-19 safety measures, such as wearing a face mask in public spaces at all times, and to avoid going out in public for the first seven days after returning to the UAE.
Although optional, the NCEMA advised returning pilgrims to take a COVID-19 test at the airport upon arrival, but added that it was mandatory to take a PCR test on the fourth day of arrival.
The authority urged pilgrims to refer to health authorities if they show symptoms of COVID-19 or come into contact with a positive case.
Renewed call to use apps for Eid sacrifices
During Eid Al-Adha, Muslims traditionally buy a whole sheep to slaughter and distribute to friends, family and the poor.
The authority reiterated a previous advisory on the management of legitimate livestock markets, slaughterhouses and charities for Eid sacrifices, and urged the public to use smart apps to avoid overcrowding in the markets.
“It has recently been noticed that some have neglected the application of precautionary and preventive measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic in public places,” the NCEMA said. “We would like to emphasize that the relevant authorities will increase monitoring and surveillance to ensure that the protocols announced in all regions of the country are not violated in order to ensure the health and safety of all.”
“As a country, the UAE has proven itself ready to meet any challenge and has made many achievements and gains that all have witnessed. We are proud that the community has played a leading role in achieving these gains and his commitment to all decisions made during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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