ADVICE. More than 1,000 Muslims gathered in Plaza Independencia in Cebu City to celebrate Eid al-Fitr with prayers. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Health has issued a public notice to celebrate the festival that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting that begins on Wednesday May 12th. (SunStar file)

MUSLIMS are encouraged to celebrate Eid al-Fitr at home amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The festival marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of Islamic fasting.

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This year it starts on Wednesday evening, May 12th, and ends on Thursday evening, May 13th. Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr by gathering in mosques and celebrating with families. The Ministry of Health (DOH) issued a The DOH advised Muslims to maintain a physical distance of at least one meter and to properly wear their masks and face shields when going to places of worship or public places to ensure that there was a gathering place Adequate ventilation is available and to limit interaction to 15 minutes. Those who leave should immediately isolate themselves for at least two weeks and stay away from family members who are not attending a gathering. You should monitor yourself for symptoms of Covid-19 such as fever, colds, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, and fever, including loss of smell and taste. National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) director Onay Balt said they would ensure social distancing when celebrating and holding oath prayers in mosques. “By tomorrow (Monday) or Tuesday morning I will make an announcement about this, including some reminders to keep social distance during the Eid prayers,” he said in Tagalog. “Our mosques here in Cebu are only small. The LGU of Cebu City (local government unit) informed us that we can accommodate a maximum of 200 people per mosque, ”he said. There are more than 28,000 Muslims in Cebu and more than 360,000 Muslims in all of the Visayas, according to NCMF Visayas. (PSP)

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