PESHAWAR: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Sunday issued instructions for Eidul Azha under strict coronavirus safety protocols.

Under the new instructions, the cattle markets would be established outside the cities across the country. All the federating units have been directed to implement standard operation procedures (SOPs) in the cattle markets. It was declared mandatory for all staff and livestock vendors to be vaccinated, whereas the administration of the respective market was responsible to provide facilities for hand sanitizers, masks and rapid antigen test (RAT) at entry points.

The NCOC said there was ban on buying and selling of sacrificial animals inside the city areas. The NCOC has also released a proposed layout of model cattle market along with important guidelines to be followed in the market including, screening of all persons entering the cattle market, availability of veterinary doctor to check animal health at the entrance and arduous control measures mainly at entry, exit, marshalling area and control on number of persons inside cattle market through token system etc. that may be devised as per need.

The guidelines also included that elaborate sign posting or guidance arrangement to prevent overcrowding should be ensured along with strict compliance of social distancing and wearing of mask.

Moreover, on site continuous awareness campaign through displaying of banners would be made, whereas no physical touching or checking of animals would be allowed. The market administrations would ensure availability of emergency services at each market, masks, sanitizers, water, shade etc at the venue along with regular disinfection of the area.

The NCOC also apprised that the country successfully exceeded total number of vaccinated individuals beyond 16.6 million with more than 830,000 vaccines administered in the month of June. It added that a delegation led by DG NCOC visited Gilgit-Baltistan to review the overall situation and vaccination process in the region.

The delegation inspected the vaccination centers at Gilgit, Shiger and Hunza and assured the stakeholders that the NCOC has decided to vaccinate 100 percent of the registered population in all tourist destinations.

A special team was also formed in Gilgit-Baltistan to prevent coronavirus surge and improve vaccination process.