Booking slots for Friday prayers open today

Rokiah Mahmud

Booking slots on the BruHealth app for Friday prayers is open today starting 9am, said Mosque Affairs Department Acting Assistant Director Pengiran Haji Haslin bin Pengiran Haji Ali.

After several months of closure due to the second wave of COVID-19 outbreak, Brunei Darussalam will allow the opening of mosques, suraus and religious halls in the Transition Phase starting November 19.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) said cleaning and sanitisation works have been conducted at these premises, including prayer halls, restrooms and ablution areas, ahead of the re-opening.

Congregants are urged to bring their own large-sized prayer mats for Friday and daily prayers, as well as adhere to social distancing inside the mosque.

“The capacity will be 50 per cent of the space of the mosque,” Pengiran Haji Haslin added.

Mosque Affairs Department Acting Assistant Director Pengiran Haji Haslin bin Pengiran Haji Ali. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

The acting assistant director also reminded congregants to ensure that they visit the correct mosque booked through the BruHealth app.

“If they go to the wrong mosque, they will be denied access. Congregants can only change their mosque option (for Friday prayers) before Friday, and not on the actual day itself,”
he said.

“Should slots be full at the mosque of their choice, they can book for a slot at another mosque.”

Volunteers from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), the Mukim and Village Consultative Council (MPMK), as well as mosque takmir committee members will help with crowd control at each mosque’s entrance.

“As part of preparation, mosques will be open as early as 11am to ensure smooth running of the entry process. Volunteers will check the codes and vaccination status, as well as ensuring standard operating procedures are properly followed,” he said.

Congregants are advised to leave immediately after the prayers to ensure the safety of others and allow for sanitation works to be carried out.

“During the Transition Phase, we will open mosques for Subuh to Isyak prayers, which is why we need to observe the safety of congregants and monitor sanitation works,” Pengiran Haji Haslin added.