SEREMBAN: All animal sacrificial rites for the upcoming Hari Raya Aidiladha in Negri Sembilan will be deferred.
The state mufti's office said sacrificial rites had to be postponed as the number of cases had reached alarming levels.
"Aidiladha prayers at mosques and all surau Jumaat will be restricted to 12 individuals comprising officials and committee members only," they said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (July 14).
No prayers will be allowed in enhanced movement control order areas.
The office said the decision was made on advice from the National Security Council and state Covid-19 disaster management committee.
They also said Federal authorities had prohibited gatherings of large crowds.
The office said the recommendations were presented to Negri Sembilan Yang di-Pertuan Besar Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawirm who gave his consent to enforce the measures.
The four Undang of Negri and the Tunku Besar Tampin have also agreed likewise.
As of July 13, Negri has reported 54,219 cases and 505 deaths.
They also said precautions were necessary as the state health authorities have detected 13 cases involving Delta and Beta Covid-19 variants in the state.
Aidiladha is expected to fall on July 20.