News World Hardalias announces emergency rules for Muslims observing Eid al-Adha in Greece

Hardalias announces emergency rules for Muslims observing Eid al-Adha in Greece

Deputy Crisis Management Minister Nikos Hardalias issued an emergency announcement outlining health safety rules and restrictions that must be observed during the Islamic religious holiday of Eid al-Adha, also known as Kurban Bayrami, which is taking place on Friday and Saturday.

Hardalias specified that Muslim prayers and religious rites during the holiday must only take place in mosques, in line with the rules set out in the existing Joint Minister Decision (JMD) for preventing the spread of Covid-19, which has been extended until August 21.

This permits one person per five square metres and calls for a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between each person, while for mosques larger than 500 square metres, the maximum permissible number of people is 100 and each person must bring their own prayer mat.

Hardalias stressed that prayers in other public spaces are forbidden and said that municipalities that have provided areas for this purpose must immediately revoke permission.

He also noted that up to 10 people are permitted to gather in the forecourt of mosques, maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres and wearing a face mask at all times.

The minister recommended that handshakes and other greetings that involve physical contact, like kissing and hugging etc, be avoided to reduce the chance of spreading the disease, while advising vulnerable groups to stay home and perform their religious obligations from there.

The announcement additionally forbids festive gatherings and dinners of more than 10 people and wishes the country’s Muslims a happy and safe holiday “so that each day of joy and prayer devoted to God is not converted to a cause and source for transmitting corona virus.”

Source: amna.gr

Top Stories

Two students in hospital after hooded persons invade school

A group of ten people who were not students and who were wearing hoods covering their faces entered the A’ Technical School of Nicosia...

Cultural Heritage Technical Committee completes conservation works

The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage (TCCH)  announced on Friday the completion of conservation works at several sites within the framework of the “Support...

Expert: Third wave if people relax

Maria Koliou, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases at the University of Cyprus and President of the Special Committee of the Cyprus Medical...

3,570 doses of vaccines given to Turkish Cypriots

Leonidas Phylactou, Greek Cypriot co-head of the bicommunal technical committee on health said that this morning another 3,570 doses of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines...

Women outnumbered at management level both in EU and in Cyprus

Women remain outnumbered at the management level in the EU in 2020, according to data released today by Eurostat, the statistical service of the...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...