Offer Eid Al Adha prayers at home, UAE residents told

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Offer, Eid Al Adha, prayers, at home, UAE, residents

An official advised residents to not distribute gifts or cash among relatives and use online means instead.

by Anjana Sankar

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Published: Wed 22 Jul 2020, 9:00 PM

Last updated: Fri 24 Jul 2020, 8:56 AM

Faithful are being asked to perform Eid Al Adha prayers at home in the UAE even as mosques will be allowed to operate at an increased capacity of 50 per cent after the Eid break, from August 3. Mosques have been operating at 30 per cent since they reopened on July 1.

In a media briefing yesterday on the latest Covid-19 developments, the authorities also announced that airlines must ensure that all returning residents have negative PCR results issued by accredited centres. The requirement that comes into effect from tomorrow (July 24, 2020) mandates that tests should have a validity period not exceeding 72 hours upon arrival in the UAE, regardless of the departure airport.
Elaborating on the guidelines in place for Eid Al Adha, Dr Saif Al Dhaheri, spokesperson for the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, advised residents to avoid family gatherings and meetings.
"Use social media and telecom tools to communicate during the holidays," he said. The official also advised residents not to distribute gifts or cash among relatives and use online means.
Worshippers at mosques must maintain a distance of two metres from one another. Prayers will be restricted to 10 minutes except for the Maghrib prayer, which will be for five minutes as of August 3.
Mosque and Eid advisory

> Mosques to operate at a capacity of 50%, with a physical distancing of two metres maintained, in addition to other precautionary measures
> Prayers will be restricted to 10 minutes as of August 3 except for Maghrib prayer, which will be for five minutes
> Donations and sacrifices should be made only through official charitable causes in the country and through
smart applications
> Sacrifices should be made only through slaughterhouses outlined by the local authorities that provide remote services and follow all safety protocols and precautionary measures
> It is forbidden to deal with unofficial workers for the purpose of livestock and slaughter
> Caution to be taken when distributing the sacrificial meat among family, relatives and neighbours
> Avoid visiting and family gatherings and instead offer greetings through electronic media or phones
> Refrain from distributing Eid gifts such as cash to children
> Avoid visiting pregnant women, children and people with chronic diseases
>  Domestic workers are prohibited from meeting anyone outside their homes, and must be provided protective equipment if they need to  interact with people from outside

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