Mosques and places of worship have been closed since March are now being opened at the offset of lower positive cases in the region.
It must be noted that while all places of worship will be opened, however the Friday prayers will still be suspended to ensure people’s safety. Tests have been conducted for Imams and workers serving at certain mosques and only these places have been given the go-ahead to open for worshippers.
Select mosques in industrial areas, labor residential areas, shopping malls and public parks will be opened only after the authorities conduct the required tests and checks.
In addition, the venues have been instructed with guidelines that need to be maintained and implemented once they are open. All worshippers have to be at a distance of three metres from each other and are not permitted to shake hands or hug each other. All ablutions will need to be done at home and they will need to bring their own copies of the Holy Quran or use digital copies. All the worshippers are also required to download and activate the contract tracing app Al Hosn.
Saif Al Dhaheri, Spokesperson for the National Crisis & Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) during a virtual press briefing on Monday said, “We urge the public to cooperate by following precautionary measures including social distancing. Children under 12 years old, the elderly as well as individuals with chronic diseases should avoid going to mosques.”
Needless, to stay that it is imperative e still stay cautious and take care while we go outside and follow the rules to ensure everyone’s safety.