ISLAMABAD: The federal government has announced three-days holiday from July 31st to August 2nd on account of the festive occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
According to details, the announcement for the holidays was made by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Communication Shehbaz Gill.
He further informed, “All businesses, public places, markets, and shops will remain closed from Friday to Sunday,” adding that only essential items’ shops and medical services/stores will remain open.
In this regard, the SAPM said that the three days holiday was announced to limit people from travelling that will help in containing the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. “Long Eid-ul-Fitr holidays resulted in a spike of the coronavirus infection in Pakistan,” he added.
Earlier on July 21, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced that the crescent of Zilhajj month was not sighted across the country.
Chairman Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneebur Rehman announced that the body had not sighted moon and the month of Zilhajj will begin from Thursday (July 23) while Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on August 1.
Prime Minister Imran Khan in a high-level meeting had said that security measures and SOPs should be strictly enforced on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
During the meeting, the strategy to prevent the coronavirus outbreak and ensure people to follow SOPs during Eid-ul-Azha and Muharram was also discussed.