Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated in Bangladesh on 21 July.

This year local administration in consultation with public representatives and local dignitaries will take decision whether Eid prayers would be held at mosques, Eidgahs or open fields considering the Covid-19 situation in their respective areas and maintaining recommended health guidelines.

The religious affairs ministry issued some guidelines on offering Eid-ul-Azha prayer on Tuesday.

As per the guidelines, no prayer mat will be allowed at mosques and mosques will be disinfected before prayers.

The devotees have been asked to bring prayer mats from home.

The devotees must wear masks inside mosques and avoid using prayer mats and caps that are stored there.

The devotees are also suggested to go to mosques with wudu (ritual ablution) and wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap.

Soaps, hand sanitisers and water should be available at the place where people perform Wudu or at the entrance of mosques or Eidgahs.

Devotees should maintain social distance following health guidelines.

Children, elderly people, people with physical ailment, and those involved in taking care of patients will not be allowed to attend Eid prayer.

All have to abide by the directives of the Health Service Division, local administration and law enforcement agencies.

Besides, the devotees were requested to shun handshaking and hugging after the Eid prayer which has been a common practice throughout the world.

The religious affairs ministry urged Imams and managing committees of mosques to ensure proper implementation of the directives.

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