Interior ministry announces holidays for Eid-ul-Fitr.
Eid-ul-Fitr this year falls in May. It marks the end of Ramadan, and people are seen going to meet their friends and family to greet the auspicious day of Eid.
The interior ministry has issued a notification on Monday that states the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays to be observed from 10th May 2021 to 15th May 2021.
The notification has been issued after recommendations from National Command & Operation Centre (NCOC) amidst the third wave of coronavirus.
The standard operating procedures (SOPs) have been issued prior to the notification for the holidays.
Usually, during eid, it is observed that a mass of people travels to their villages and respective cities to celebrate eid with their families and loved ones.
According to the NCOC guidelines issued for eid, all businesses and markets are to remain closed to avoid an unnecessary mass of people at a place. All shops of essential needs i.e. grocery stores, fruit & vegetable stores & vendors, petrol pumps etc will remain open. However, restaurants will be allowed to open for takeaways & deliveries only.
Interprovincial, intercity, and intra-city public transport will remain shut during the said days to avoid any inconvenience to the public amidst the COVID outbreak. However, private cars and taxis are allowed to have two passengers at most during transit.
Chand Raat markets are banned. No mehndi stalls, jewelry shops, or any ornament stalls will be allowed to operate as the moon for Shawwal is sighted.
Moreover, all tourist places around Pakistan like Murree, Gilgit Baltistan, Swat, Hunza, Charna island, Mubarak Village etc will also remain closed for the public tourism purposes.
The government has advised electronic media to keep people busy & entertained by airing movies, dramas & different shows. The government has further announced that no load-shedding would be done during the eid holidays in the best interest of the public.
Pakistan is experiencing the third wave of COVID-19 virus, the following guidelines are being issued to avoid any emergency during the eid celebrations.
Stay home, stay safe.