TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Central Java Provincial Government along with the Regional Religious Affairs Office decided to allow the implementation of Eid al-Fitr prayers at places of worship only in areas that are categorized as green and yellow zones or regions with zero to low-risk Covid-19 transmission.
“It is permissible in yellow and green zones,” said Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo on Monday, May 3, 2021.
People living in the high-risk regions or orange to red zones are barred from performing the annual prayer as it is feared to cause a cluster of Covid-19 transmission. The provincial administration coordinated with the Regional Religious Affairs Office in mapping the areas where the prayers are allowed and prohibited.
The mapping will be carried out in collaboration with the Religious Affairs Regional Office starting from the smallest levels, namely villages and sub-districts. “For those in the red and orange zones, they are not allowed to perform Eid al-Fitr prayers. Pray at homes just like last year. No need to argue about this,” Ganjar underlined.
The Central Java Religious Affairs Office Head, Musta’in Ahmad, said his side will map areas permitted to hold Eid prayers. The zakat or alms implementation will be carried out without causing a crowd. The zakat will be distributed directly to beneficiaries’ houses.
“Zakat will be given to recipients’ houses so they will not gather at mosques. We may cooperate with institutions such as the mosque youth forum and others,” Ahmad added.