Mosques across UAE will reopen for Friday prayers, starting from 4th December. It is advised to strictly adhere to COVID-19 precautionary measures. This announcement was made on Tuesday.
Dr Saif Al Dhaheri, Spokesperson of the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), said that mosques will reopen for worshipers 30 minutes before the Friday prayer and will close 30 minutes later.
“Friday’s sermon together with the prayer should not exceed 10 minutes; mosque workers and volunteers will organize the entry and exit of worshipers,” Al Dhaheri said, adding that all worshipers must wear face masks and bring their own prayer rugs, which must not be left inside the mosques or shared with other.
“Worshipers should also avoid touching surfaces and door handles. They have to adhere to and maintain clear spacing signs to avoid any possible crowding”, he further said.
“Worshipers who wish to read the Holy Quran are advised to do so through their personal Quran or smart phones. They are also advised to download COVID-19-related apps and activate them when attending prayers,” Al Dhaheri clarified.
“Ablution must be performed at home and senior citizens, children and those with chronic diseases or respiratory diseases and those suffering from weak immunity should perform prayers at home, based on a fatwa from the Fatwa Council of the UAE,” he said.
He made it clear that the ban on distributing food and water will remain in place, adding that mosques and churches in industrial areas will be closed.