Nawroz festivals across the country, like those celebrated every year in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif in Balkh province and also in the Sakhi Shrine in Kabul, were cancelled this year to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Afghans did not flock to picnic and recreation areas because of fear of the virus.
“From the Islamic perspective, it is an obligation to protect our lives, we have to take it seriously,” said Zahir Atayee, a resident in Kabul.
“Avoid crowded places and gatherings, also try to avoid sitting with friends in large numbers, particularly those people who are coming from Iran,” said Ali, a resident in Kabul.
Afghan security forces on Friday stopped people from entering Sakhi Shrine, where the main celebration is held every year.
“Unfortunately the people are avoiding safety measures, we must apply it and then teach others,” said Farhad, a resident in Kabul.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz has called on the people to take the safety measures seriously and to avoid participating in gatherings.
“You should not participate at gatherings. When we suggest you not to shake hands, then avoid shaking hands--just protect yourself and boost your physical resistance,” said Feroz.