PESHAWAR: The local government department on Thursday banned the sale of sacrificial animals within city limits across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and announced that the cattle markets for Eidul Azha would be established ‘as late as possible, preferably at the start of Zilhaj’.

In a statement issued here, the department said the ‘no masks, no service’ rule would be enforced in cattle markets, while their organisers would ensure the use of temperature guns at all entry points of the premises for visitors to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

It said the children and people aged above 50 years won’t be allowed to enter cattle markets.

The department said in addition to regular disinfection of the premises through water bowsers, hand sanitisation and hand washing arrangements would be made at all entry points of these markets.

It said there would be a complete ban on the makeshift markets without proper inspection, certification of relevant district administration.

Children, people above 50 years not allowed to visit cattle markets

The department said the government would encourage the establishment of more than one cattle market to prevent larger gatherings.

“Cattle markets will remain open round the clock to avoid congestion.”

The department said the relevant authorities had been directed to make proper arrangements for water supply, hide collection, hygiene and sanitation at cattle markers during Eid days.

It added that TMAs, WSSPs and LAAs would arrange the distribution of special biodegradable bags in their respective jurisdictions for the collection of animal waste to prevent inconvenience to people.

“The administrations will prepare comprehensive plans for the collection, transportation and disposal of animal remains at designated points,” it said adding that no one will be allowed to transport animals in city streets for sale.

The department said the relevant officials had been directed to hold meetings at district level with contractors and managers of cattle markets and take seminaries and other organisations on board for the implementation of standard operating procedures.

It said traffic police would prepare a comprehensive traffic management plan in consultation with stakeholders to prevent traffic jams near cattle markets before and on Eid days.

“The organisers will have to ensure social distancing in cattle markets through marking of incoming and outgoing routes, installation of bamboo barriers and prevention of congestion,” it said.

The department directed the launch of public awareness campaigns for collective slaughter and hygienic measures before and during Eid holidays.

It said social distancing and use of face masks during Eid congregations would be checked.

“All deputy commissioners have been advised to form district and tehsil level committees involving representatives from all departments for ensuring implementation of the instructions and SOPs.”

The department also issued detailed instructions regarding disposal of animal waste and hides.

Published in Dawn, July 3rd, 2020