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Eid Celebrations to be muted as curfew is enforced islandwide

ECONOMYNEXT – It was a quiet Avurudu, then Vesak and now it’s going to be a muted Eid celebrations as well this year as the usual large gatherings characteristic of the end of the annual Ramadan fast have been banned due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Police and the leaders of the Muslim community are urging those celebrating Eid to abide by the curfew and also the Health guidelines to avoid the spread of COVID 19.

In a statement, the Police said the island-wide curfew imposed from tonight until Tuesday morning is to avoid people gathering to celebrate the festival.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Ajith Rohana was quoted as saying that over 900 roadblocks would be erected and police officers deployed around the clock to enforce the restrictions.

The All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulema, the apex body of Muslim clerics has banned gatherings in mosques or open spaces to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fast.

Celebrants are expected to say their prayers with their families inside their homes.

The community also cautioned Muslims to refrain from going shopping in large numbers as per their normal practice, for the festival.

“Unnecessary trips and gatherings should be strictly avoided,” a letter to all Mosque trustees from the ACJU said.

Police said action would be taken against curfew violators over the next two days. (Colombo May 23, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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