Islamabad (Web Desk): The federal government on Friday announced a two-day public holiday in view of the upcoming Youm-e-Ashura.
According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Interior, the government has declared August 18 and 19 (9th and 10th Muharram) as public holidays to mark Youm-e-Ashura.
On the other hand, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on August 11 issued special instructions for managing Muharram-ul-Harram activities with proper COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to contain spread of the disease.
As per the guidelines, all Muharram gatherings and processions would be held in ventilated and open spaces under COVID-19 SOPs.
It clearly stated that private gatherings would be discouraged in homes.
The Corona SOPs would be prominently displayed during rallies and processions throughout Muharram.