SRINAGAR — The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, on Sunday said that no congregational prayers will be allowed on the forthcoming Eid-ul-Adha in Kashmir valley in view of the prediction of the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
Justifying the decision, he said that there will be no congregational prayers on Eid as the allowed number of people in any sort of gathering is just 25 and it will be difficult to limit the number to 25 if congregational prayers are allowed.
He said that the prayers will be allowed in a ‘decentralised’ way like it has been allowed during the peak of the second wave of the pandemic.
“As any sort of gathering is limited to 25, which included Eid gatherings or congregational prayers, these prayers will not be allowed. Limiting the number of people to 25 would be difficult if congregational prayers are allowed on Eid, so the prayers will be allowed in a decentralised way; there will be no congregational prayers,” he said.
He also said that people must follow the government SOPs and medical experts’ instructions on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha and prevent COVID-19 threats.
Pole said that considering the damage caused by the third wave of the pandemic in other countries, everyone should follow the guidelines and precautions strictly on the occasion of the upcoming Eid-ul-Adha with regard to COVID-19.
He said that the third wave of COVID-19 has become a reality in other countries and given the situation, the Government of India has also taken steps against it and people have to follow them.
Pole said that the coming days will be very crucial and urged people to continue their fight against the pandemic by strictly following the physical distancing norms and use of masks.