Mumbai: Maharashtra government on Friday issued standard operating procedures (SoPs) for celebration of Bakri Eid which will be celebrated on July 21. The government urged people to celebrate the festival in a simple manner due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to the guidelines shared by the Home department of the state, there is a ban in place on all religious programmes and people should offer “namaz” in their homes and not in mosques.
It also said sacrificial animals should be bought online or over the phone as markets dealing with them will be closed, adding that 'qurbani' should preferably be symbolic.
There will be no relaxation in restrictions for Eid as stated in the 'Break the Chain' order by the state government, and people are directed not to congregate in public places on the day of the festival, it added.
All guidelines announced by health department, police and local administration must be followed diligently, it said.
Maharashtra on Thursday recorded 9,195 fresh cases, taking the number of active cases to 1,16,667. Besides, 252 COVID-19 deaths were reported in the day, taking the number of total fatalities to 1,22,197.
In the ongoing vaccination drive, Maharashtra on July 1 has vaccinated 2,74,902 people through 2132 sessions. According to data released by the government, Maharashtra, as of 7 am on July 2, inoculated 3,27,21,251 people.