The Ministry of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs stated that it has been decided, on Tuesday, after consultation with the health and administrative authorities, to gradually reopen mosques throughout the national territory for the fulfillment of the five prayers starting from the Addohr prayer of Wednesday 23 Dou Al Kiada 1441, which is the 15th of July 2020, taking into consideration the local epidemiological situation and the conditions of health control which will be managed by local authorities at the entrance of the mosques.
However, the mosques will not be open for Friday prayers until further announcement of the date of reopening to fulfill this prayer, the ministry said in a statement.
Furthermore, the ministry said that in accordance with the Shariah rule of not harming others, anyone with the slightest symptoms of the disease should avoid going to the mosque.
The ministry also urged the faithful to respect preventive measures, in particular the wearing of masks as well as keeping a distance of about 1.5 m between people.
The statement said it is also very important to eliminate gatherings in the mosque before and after prayer, and to avoid handshakes and congestion, especially at the exit, stressing the need to disinfect hands with a gel (available at the entrance of the mosque), to measure the temperature (by a person responsible for this purpose), to ensure the use of personal carpets and to keep the toilet blocks of the mosques closed.