The world order has been tremendously shaken by the on-going pandemic termed as COVID-19. As the situation deteriorates further, the majority of the countries have been on the verge of serious health crises. This pandemic is not just a health concern but also a massive concern for the state authorities to regulate religious occasions while following the standard operating procedures set by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a precautionary measure.
One of the most important events in the Muslim calendar is Eid which is celebrated traditionally with prayers, family feasts, shopping spree, and more. It is a time when social activities have increased tremendously. Following the recent wave of disruption caused by the deadly coronavirus, these festivities have been overshadowed by this pandemic. Priorities have been switched from social gatherings & sweet treats to social distancing and following the SOP’s as witnessed in Eid-ul-Fitr.
Now is the time to start preparing for Eid ul Adha late in the month of July. Apart from this being a festival, this is also a test for the state authorities on how to regulate this event while keeping social distancing a priority. Eid ul Adha is an event where rural markets have been given a green signal with proper arrangements to aid in the buying of livestock for the citizens. Not only these rural markets but the markets arranged in the far-flung areas of the city will also be a major threat for the spread of this disease.
Now the question arises, owing to these hurdles what is the best possible way to celebrate this event? This can be explored with a handful of possibilities to celebrate as well as contain the spread of COVID-19. As the rural markets in the urban & suburban areas of the city are a major health concern, these should be relocated to the areas less affected by COVID-19. These markets should be properly arranged with a mobile medical unit’s availability to spot and identify cases as well as to monitor the following of SOP’s. This will aid in containing the COVID-19.
Further, these markets should be kept open for long hours to manage the influx of people all at the same time. No more small and unmanageable rural markets should be allowed in the city because then there will be a risk of violation of SOPs.
Either it’s the rural markets or the markets in the outskirts of the city, the gathering should be for less than 40 people to contain the spread of this deadly virus. Large gatherings will pose a serious risk to health and also will be a violation of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). This ban will contain the possibility of a sharp rise in infections.
Further, these livestock markets should be a no-entry zone for the senior citizens as they have been declared more prone to this deadly virus. Senior Citizens should be encouraged to stay at home, where it will be the responsibility of the youngers of the family to carry forward this sacrificial duty on behalf of them. This includes the purchase of the sacrificial animals, their transportation, check and balance, and sacrificial arrangements for this holy act on the three days of Eid ul Adha. This will ensure the safety of the elders alongside performing the sacrificial deed on behalf of them.
These sacrificial animals should be kept at some distance from the main residential area with a person who can overlook this livestock until the dawn of performing this sacrificial duty. Keeping this livestock at some distance will prevent social gatherings and the uncleanliness from happening at the same time. It would be in the best interest if the slaughterhouses are designated for the respective areas where this sacrificial duty will be performed under the shadow of SOPs. These slaughterhouses will also add significantly to the containment of COVID-19.
Only through the safety precautions and ensuring the SOPs can make this event as festive as it has always been. Aforementioned safety precautions and ideas are a few that can aid in the confinement of this deadly COVID-19.