By Staff writer
Prayers in mosques have been banned for four months in the country to curb the spread of Covid-19
A four-month ban on Friday prayers at mosques in Kuwait will be lifted this week under strict health and safety guidelines from the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.
Undersecretary Fareed Emadi said the decision would include more than 1,000 mosques across all governorates. However, officials have warned that, should worshippers fail to adhere to the rules, mosques will close again.
Mosque doors will open 30 minutes before the call to prayer and close 15 minutes after with the Khutbah (sermon) and prayers not exceed 15 minutes.
Face masks must be worn at all times and entry and exit areas will be indicated by signs on the ground organising the location of each worshipper during prayer.
Those currently on quarantine will be denied entry, according to the official, who went on to urge those with weakened immune systems or with chronic illnesses to stay at home.
Water fountains and toilets will be shut with seats and door handles routinely sanitised, he added, with worshippers required to carry out their pre-prayer wash (wudu) at home.
People must bring their own prayer rug, with hand shaking or close social interactions discouraged inside the mosque. Children under the age of 15 will also be denied entry.
Prayers conducted at the Grand Mosque will be televised on state television, added the official.
Kuwait has reported 56,174 cases of Covid-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic, with the virus claiming the lives of 396 people across the country.