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Mosques in Saudi Arabia to reopen from Sunday

More than 10 million mosques have been sanitised over the past two months

Mosques in Saudi Arabia to reopen from Sunday

A national awareness campaign is being launched across a number of media platforms, urging worshippers to abide by the strict health and safety precautionary measures.

Mosques in Saudi Arabia are to reopen from Sunday, except those in Makkah, according to the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

Staff from the ministry have been carrying out maintenance, cleaning and sanitisation works at over 90,000 mosques across the kingdom ahead of the reopening.

Mosques in the country have been closed for over two months as part of the country’s measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh announced on Thursday that a national awareness campaign is being launched across a number of media platforms, urging worshippers to abide by the strict health and safety precautionary measures.

This includes doing ablution at home, washing hands and sanitising before going to the mosque and when returning home.

Elders and those with chronic diseases are advised to observe their prayers, at home.

A statement on the Saudi Press Agency said: “Reading and reciting the Holy Quran from online is advised, too, from one's own mobile phone or at least reading from a privately owned copy of Quran. Bringing one's prayer mat to perform prayers, at the mosques, is highly recommended as well as keeping a two-metre distance between one another prayer.”

Accompanying under 15-year old children to the mosques, is prohibited. Putting on a mask and avoiding handshaking and scrambling at mosques gates, are also advised.

It was revealed that, during the period of closure, 10 million mosques were sanitised as well as over 43 million copies of the Quran, more than 600,000 Quran cupboards and repairing 176,000 water closets.

Saudi Arabia reported 1,644 new cases of coronavirus late on Thursday, raising the total number of infections in the kingdom to 80,185.

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