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No congregational Eid prayers to be allowed: Div Com

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Says difficult to limit number of people to 25 only, prayers to be allowed in decentralised way

Srinagar: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole on Sunday said that no congregational prayers will be allowed on Eid-ul-Azha in the Kashmir valley in view of the prediction of Covid-19 third wave.

Local news agency KNS quoted Pole as saying that there will be no congregational prayers on Eid. He said the number of people allowed in any sort of gathering is just 25, and it will 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 Covid-19 second wave.

He also said that that people must follow SOPs and medical experts’ instructions on the occasion of Eid.

Pole said that considering the damage caused by the third wave of Covid-19 in other countries, everyone should follow the COVID-19 guidelines and precautions strictly during the Eid festivities.

He said that the third wave of Covid-19 has become a reality in other countries and in view of the third wave, 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.

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