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DMP: Eid congregations in mosques only, not open spaces

  • Published at 09:14 pm May 22nd, 2020
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File photo: Muslims pray at the Baitul Mukarram Mosque in Dhaka Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Eid-ul-Fitr prayers will not be offered at the Eidgah or in open spaces this year

Eid congregations in Dhaka city this year will not be allowed at open spaces, says the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).

In a set of 14 instructions issued on Friday, the Dhaka metro police said that congregations can only be held at mosques to stem the spread of Covid-19 amid the pandemic.

If necessary, more than one congregation can be arranged at mosques to facilitate social distancing, according to the instructions.

The DMP’s instructions also said:

  • The entire mosque should be cleaned with disinfectant before the jammat of Eid.

  • Carpets cannot be laid in the mosque during Eid prayers. Prayer mats and hats reserved in the mosque cannot be used. Every Muslim should bring their own prayer mat. 

  • Soap and hand sanitizer should be kept at the entrance of the mosque to ensure prevention of coronavirus infection.

  • Everyone should perform oju from their respective residences, and not use the ojukhana of the mosque. Hands should be washed with soap for at least 20 seconds while performing oju.

  • Devoted Muslims must come to the mosque wearing masks. 

  • Everyone has to follow social distancing and health rules when standing in jamaat during Eid prayers. 

  • One qutar should be lined up at intervals.

  • Refrain from hugging and shaking hands after jamaat in the mosque to prevent coronavirus infection.

  • The mosque committee was asked to make separate arrangements for entering and exiting the mosque while maintaining discipline.

  • Refrain from visiting relatives and neighbors.

  • Celebrate Eid with family members by staying at home, instead of by going to entertainment centres.

  • Those who leave Dhaka to celebrate Eid should lock the main gate of their house or flat and lock the doors and windows of rooms properly before leaving.

  • Market and shopping mall owners should strengthen security and keep in constant touch with the police station and outposts in the area.

  • People leaving Dhaka should leave valuables with trusted friends and relatives, and not at the house 

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