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Saudi Arabia updates health protocols in mosques to prevent corona

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance in Saudi Arabia stated that it had issued a circular updating all health protocols in mosques and mosques in all regions of the Kingdom, based on what was received from the Public Health Authority regarding preventive protocols for mosques, in light of the ongoing Corona pandemic. According to the Saudi Press Agency.

The circular stipulated that all preventive measures be taken, including wearing a mask, bringing a special carpet, not crowding when entering and leaving the mosque, maintaining a distance of one and a half meters between worshipers, canceling the requirement to leave an empty row between each two rows, canceling the reduction in the waiting period between the call to prayer and residence, and commitment. The previously approved duration is as follows: 20 minutes for all the homework, 25 minutes for Fajr prayer, and 10 minutes for Maghrib prayer.

It also stipulated maintaining the opening of mosques for Friday prayers an hour before the Friday call to prayer and closing them 30 minutes after the prayer, and canceling the limitation of the duration of the Friday sermon and its prayers to 15 minutes, taking into account not to prolong the sermon according to the Sunnah, in addition to returning the Qurans to mosques, while urging worshipers to bring their Qurans. With them, and to allow lectures and lessons in mosques, while adhering to the procedures for social separation, and that the period be compatible with the duration of opening the mosque, and the abolition of the previous directive to remove water coolers and refrigerators from mosques.

The Ministry urged everyone to adhere to the updated health protocols from the Public Health Authority, and to follow up on their update on the ministry’s electronic link, calling for cooperation with it in the event of any failure or laxity in implementing the updated health protocols to preserve the health and safety of worshipers.