NCOC issues guidelines for religious activities

Staff Reporter

The National Command and Operation Centre has issued guidelines for holding Milads and Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH) conferences in the month of Rabi-ul-Awal.

A meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre, under the chairmanship of the Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, decided that only licensed and government-approved rallies and events will be allowed.

The meeting urged the individuals and organisations concerned to strictly implement the coronavirus Standard Operating Procedures throughout the holy month.

The National Command and Operation Centre made it mandatory for religious scholars and naat reciters to be fully vaccinated before attending Rabi-ul-Awal events and suggested the government and private media houses hold the events live so that more people could partake in the celebrations without having to physically attend them.

According to the SOPs defined by the National Command and Operation Centre for milads and other religious events, the venues should be open and spacious where a six-feet distance in the seating arrangement must be ensured.

Events organised at mosques and other spots should have thermal screening, sanitisers, and arrangements for washing hands at the entrances while the availability of face masks should be ensured at every venue.

The National Command and Operation Centre also directed people to avoid physical contact with sacred objects.

Authorities concerned have been directed to set up special vaccination camps on the 10th Rabi-ul-Awal (October 17).

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