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Idul Adha festivities banned in COVID-19 'red zones'

Jakarta Post - July 1, 2020

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – The Religious Affairs Ministry has banned the public celebration of Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) in areas considered "unsafe from COVID-19" by their respective regional administrations.

The decision is stipulated in Circular No. 18/2020 signed by Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi on Tuesday.

The letter further regulates procedures for Idul Adha prayers – along with the qurban sacrificial procession – in the "safe zones" to contain any potential virus spread.

The requirements for the public prayer events include sterilizing locations, implementing health protocol such as physical distancing among the congregation and shortening the prayers' duration.

Those who are about to participate in the mass prayers have to ensure they are healthy. They are also required to wear face masks and bring their own prayer mats. Children and the elderly are not allowed to join the festivities, as they are considered more prone to the disease.

Meanwhile, requirements for the qurban processions include spectators keeping a distance from each other and for the butchers to refrain from touching their faces during the event to avoid potential virus transmission. All tools used during the qurban must be sterilized.

"I hope that this year's Idul Adha ceremonies can run optimally and are spared from COVID-19 transmission," Minister Fachrul said. This year's Idul Adha is set to fall on July 31.

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/07/01/idul-adha-festivities-banned-in-covid-19-red-zones.html