Rokiah Mahmud & Azlan Othman
The opening of mosques, suraus and religious halls will be carried out in four phases, with certain procedures and guidelines.
The first phase will be implemented for three weeks, for the Friday prayers on May 29, June 5 and June 12.
This was said by Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman during a press conference yesterday.
“During this phase, congregants must do a daily self-assessment, using the BruHealth app.
“At the same time, other safety measures including hand-sanitising, temperature checks and social distancing will also be implemented, to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
“Congregants can make reservations as early as Monday, at the mosque where they will be performing the Friday prayers, but on the actual day itself, they will need to update their current health status and do a self-assessment via the BruHealth application,” the minister added yesterday.
“They need to update at least 12 hours before coming to the mosque.
“After registering and updating your self-assessment via the BruHealth app, the resulting colour code will determine whether you can take part in the prayers at the mosque.
“At the same time, congregants will need to bring their own prayer mats and perform the ritual ablutions (wudhu) at home, as advised by the Ministry of Health.”
Any high-risk individuals who have been identified through the BruHealth app, children under 15 years and females are not allowed in the first, second and third stage, he said.
“In the event of no cases of infection during this period, the second phase will be carried out soon after which includes the use of mosques, suraus and religious halls for five-times-a-day obligatory prayers with certain rules, including the mosque being opened 10 minutes before the Azan (call for prayer) and being closed 10 minutes after the completion of the congregational prayers as well as meeting the guidelines as determined by the Ministry of Health,” the minister added.
Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar explained that those participating in the Friday prayers would need to update their health status every day, without fail.
“Anyone not updating the health assessment status will not be allowed to register for the next Friday prayers,” he said.
“This is why the re-opening of mosques will need to be carried out in phases – because of the need to monitor the conditions and situation, during the incubation period for 14 days.”
According to the guidelines of praying in congregations at mosques, hand shakes and staying too long at the mosque as well as exceeding quota capacity are not allowed. Congregants also need to scan the mosque QR code to enter.
Religious talks, visitors and serving food for congregants are temporarily not allowed. Food takeaways are allowed to be distributed while mortuary activities should be fast and the number of attendees is also limited.