The Supreme Committee tasked with monitoring the situation arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has decided to reopen mosques in the country on November 15. This was decided during a meeting held under the chairmanship of H E Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidi, Minister of Interior and chairman of the committee, on Tuesday.
The committee stated that while only mosques with capacity of 400 worshipers will be allowed to open for daily prayers, Friday prayers are still not allowed. According to the decision, mosques must be opened at the time of the call to prayer and for a period not exceeding 25 minutes, which includes the call to prayer, prayer and leaving the mosque.
‘The committee has studied the issue of gradual reopening of mosques after their closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and based on proposals received by the committee from the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, it decided to allow the reopening of mosques from Sunday as per the issued guidelines,’ the statement said.
Don’t go to mosques with symptoms of COVID-19 infection
Face masks are mandatory
Mosques will only be open for 25 minutes at the time of prayers
Don’t use Q’urans in mosques
Mosque water coolers and toilets (including ablution areas) must be closed
Worshippers should bring their own prayer mats
All worshippers must sanitise their hands regularly
Worshippers must maintain a distance of no less than 1.5m during prayer
Mosque supervisors must ensure that all the above-mentioned guidelines are followed