SOP’s to follow on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Azha 2020
Eid-ul-Azha is that time of the year when every Muslim who affords to sacrifice an animal for the sake of Almighty, to fulfill the sunnah of Ibrahim A.S. The age criteria for the animals has also been told by Islam. Goat and sheep must be one year in age, cow, and buffalo must be two years old, and camels must be 5 years old in order to be sacrificed at Eid. These are the basic conditions of the animals to be sacrificed.
Every year, millions of Muslims around the world offer this ritual to conclude their Hajj. However, this year, this Eid would be different.
As we are well aware the COVID19 outbreak has spread all over the world and a large number of people have lost their lives because of it. it still is not cured or finished from the planet. We Pakistani's as a nation have spent 4 months in complete lockdown. Over time, we have seen less strictness on the lockdown and observing of SOP’s in our nation. The thing to be noted and highlighted here is the fact that COVID19 has not come to its end yet.
We still need to follow the precautionary measures suggested by the government of Pakistan. To stop the spread of the coronavirus from person to person we have to limit the rush of buyers and sellers in the cattle market. The government has also advised the public to only travel during Eid holidays when it is very necessary. It is also suggested to avoid family gatherings as it is likely to fall in the peak period of Pandemic.
To make the dealing secure between both parties Government have issued the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) to follow, which are as follow:
- The number of sellers and buyers in the market should also be restricted to the minimal limit.
- Allowing a lot of people to purchase animals and making a crowd in the market is not advisable.
- The tradition of wishing Eid to your Muslim fellow by hugging them or shaking hands should also be avoided for this Eid.
- Local authorities are supposed to take charge of encouraging people to follow the online shopping trend and arrange the slaughter arrangements of sacrificing animals in their respective cities and town.
- Buyers and sellers should wear a mask in the cattle markets.
- Sanitizers should be available in the cattle market, as per the government orders.
- The cattle markets should be set-up far away from generally populated areas from animal markers. Authorities should set the markets under their supervision and make sure that participating sellers are following the SOP’s completely.
- Authorities should make it clear to the individuals visiting the market to wear face masks. People without facemasks should not be allowed to enter into the markets or deal with the sellers.
- Local authorities of the respected areas should make sure that the thermal gums are available at every entrance of the cattle market along with the sanitizer made up with the 70% of hand sanitizer. These steps are mandatory for the prevention of Coronavirus in the country.
- People should use sanitizer when leaving the market too.
- People suffering from cough or flu should stay at home and avoid visiting markets. Only a small group of people should be allowed to enter the market at a time, in intervals.
- Sellers are suggested to stay up-to-date with the instruction being issued by the government or local authorities. If any new instruction or safety measure is issued by the government, it is automatically applicable instantly.
- Sick, elderly people, and children under the age of 15 are advised to avoid social gatherings and stay home during this entire pandemic situation.
- During Namaz-e-Eid, there must be a distance of two meters between the prayers. People should bring their own prayer mats to the mosque with them. One row must be left blank to maintain a healthy distance and stop the pandemic preventions. Mosque management should keep the mosques clean all the time.