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Karnataka issues guidelines for Ramzan: Large gatherings banned, Mosques in containment zones to remain shut

Further in its order it said Persons above 60 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 years are advised to stay at home.

Karnataka issues guidelines for Ramzan: Large gatherings banned, Mosques in containment zones to remain shut-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Apr 13, 2021, 5:46 PM IST
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Bengaluru: The government of Karnataka has issued guidelines for the observance of rituals in mosques in the month of Ramzan in view of Covid-19 pandemic. Masjids in containment zones will remain closed till the zone is denotified, large gathering continue to remain prohibited and wearing face masks has been made mandatory.

Further in its order it said Persons above 60 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 years are advised to stay at home.

The restrictions come in the wake of a steep increase in the number of Covid-19 cases daily.

The preventive measures include simple public health measures that are to be followed to reduce the risk of Covid-19. These measures need to be observed by all persons in these places at all times.

The following guidelines have been issued for strict compliance as per the Karnataka government order:

·         Large gatherings/congregation continues to remain prohibited. Individuals must maintain minimum distance of 2 meters (6 feet) at all times.

·         Specific marking on the floor (square/circle) shall be made to manage the queue and ensure physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) in the premises.

·         A trained volunteer shall perform thermal scanning at entry, Persons having temperature of 237.5° C or 299.5 F or symptoms of cough, cold, throat pain and difficulty in breathing shall not be allowed inside and referred to seek medical consultation.

·         Use of face masks shall be mandatory.

·         Entry of visitors shall be staggered to avoid crowding.

·         Cough etiquette to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one's mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing of used tissues properly in closed bins.

·         Common prayer mats shall be avoided and devotees shall bring their own prayer mat or piece of cloth which they shall take back with them. During iftar, the musales shall be advised to break their fast in their homes and come to masjid only for prayers do not bring any food items inside the masjid for any reason.

·         Posters/standees on preventive measures about Covid-19 shall be displayed prominently.

·         Audio and video clips to spread awareness on preventive measures for Covid-19 shall be regularly played.

·         Provision shall be made for hand washing with liquid soap and water or hand sanitisers shall be made available at entrance and appropriate places.

·         Preferably separate entry and exits for visitors shall be organised.

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