The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Monday issued guidelines for holding functions on the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi.
A meeting of the NCOC held with Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar in the chair, decided that only licensed and government-approved rallies and events will be allowed.
The meeting urged the individuals and organisations concerned to strictly implement the coronavirus Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) while holding Milads and Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH) conferences throughout the holy month.
The NCOC made it mandatory for religious scholars and naat reciters to be fully vaccinated before attending events and suggested the government and private media houses hold the events live so that more people could partake in the celebrations without having to physically attend them.
Under the SOPs defined by the NCOC for Milads and other religious events, the venues should be open and spacious where a six-foot distance in the seating arrangement must be ensured.
Events organised at mosques and other spots should have thermal screening, sanitisers, and arrangements for washing hands at the entrances while the availability of face masks should be ensured at every venue. The NCOC also directed people to avoid physical contact with sacred objects.
Authorities concerned have been directed to set up special vaccination camps on the 10th Rabi ul Awal (October 17).