JAKARTA: Indonesian Muslims, wearing face masks and getting temperature checks as a precaution against coronavirus, performed morning prayers celebrate Eid al-Adha in mosques with reduced capacity as well as on the streets.
As the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country struggles to contain the spread of the virus, worshippers were advised to maintain social distancing during the prayers.
According to Reuters, Indonesia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs also asked mosques to shorten the gatherings this year, while many mosques cancelled the traditional ceremony when livestock is slaughtered and meat distributed to the community.
Instead the donated sheep, goats and cows will be killed in slaughterhouses.
Health experts have been concerned about the risks of the coronavirus being spread during such religious festivals, when Muslims typically gather in mosques and homes, or travel to their home towns.