Churches in Oman started receiving worshippers on Tuesday after the authorities allowed their reopening recently. However, worshippers need to register online to be allowed entry.
“Permission was given last week to allow churches and temples to open. However, there are certain criteria for entering these places. Worshippers need to register online before they are allowed entry. Individual places of worship have been asked to take the responsibility to make sure they follow the regulations,” an official at the Ministry of Auqaf and Religious Affairs (MARA) said.
A circular from Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ruwi stated that permission has been given by MARA for the resumption of mass with effect from December 22. Attendance however is limited and subject to strict compliance to the guidelines, it added.
‘Entry into the church will be strictly limited only to those who register in advance. A special
online link created allows parishioners to register their details. Children below 12 years and the elderly above 65 years will not be allowed to enter,’ the circular stated.
It advised the early arrival for worshippers.
‘Please arrive at least 30 minutes early for verification of your registration and completion of safety measures prescribed by the authorities. A minimum distance of 1.5m is mandatory between individuals.’
Earlier, as per the Supreme Committee’s instructions mosques in the sultanate opened doors for prayers on November 15 after eight months of closure due to COVID-19.
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