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Rabat – The currently scheduled end date of Morocco’s COVID-19 state of emergency is on May 10, three days before the celebration of Eid al-Fitr.
Currently, the nationwide curfew is from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am and intercity travel is moderately regulated. The government prohibits large gatherings, including taraweeh prayers that occur after the curfew.
Following the current trend, officials expect the Moroccan government to extend the state of emergency beyond May 10.
Astronomers predict Eid al-Fitr will take place on May 13 and many expect that local mosques will not offer communal ftour and prayers.
Similar to Eid al-Fitr 2020, religious officials suggest worshippers should pray and celebrate Eid at home to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Religious scholars of the Maliki school stated that Eid al-Fitr prayers are permissible at home if worshippers cannot perform the rituals at mosques.
Also known as Eid al-Saghir, the holiday celebrates the end of the month of Ramadan and the beginning of the 10th month of the Islamic calendar also known as Shawwal.
Muslims around the world celebrate the holiday by praying early in the morning, spending time with family, and enjoying delicious meals.
The scheduled date for Eid al-Adha is two months later on July 19.
Morocco’s government has begun preparations for Eid al-Adha by earmarking 8 million goats and sheep for slaughter, promising a potential end to the state of emergency in the near future.
Many Moroccans are hopeful that the government will end the state of emergency shortly after Eid al-Fitr as many wish to travel domestically. Additionally, the summer usually serves as Morocco’s peak tourist season.
Due to flight suspensions with 53 countries, the fate of Morocco’s tourist season in the coming months remains uncertain.