Mosques and Places of Worship To Start Reopening Tomorrow In The UAE

BY Laura Kell / Jun 30 2020 / 09:37 AM

From July 1 worshippers will be able to attend prayer services, but will need to adhere to a strict set of social distancing rules

Mosques and Places of Worship To Start Reopening Tomorrow In The UAE

As the UAE slowly starts to open up again and life returns back to some form of ‘normal,’ worshipers will soon be able to attend prayer services again at mosques and places of worship.

According to Arabian Business the UAE government has announced that mosques, prayer spaces, and other places of worship will gradually reopen nationwide from July 1.

They will operate at a 30 percent capacity and individuals will need to comply with a number of social distancing rules, including worshipping three metres apart, avoiding congregations and handshaking of all forms.

"Reopening places of worship is due to the tremendous efforts made by all relevant departments who initiated the Covid-19 testing of all mosque imams and workers in places of worship,” Dr. Saif Juma Al Dhaheri, spokesperson for the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), said.

“Friday prayers will remain suspended in all mosques until further notice and therefore mosques will remain closed on Fridays only.”

Dr. Al Dhaheri also stressed the important of performing ablution at home, the regular use of hand sanitizer and for worshipers to ensure they’re wearing a mask before they come into pray.

He also noted that using communal Holy books in mosques is prohibited and that worshipers should be reading from their own personal or electronic device.

Lead image courtesy of Unsplash/mitu001

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