Congregants urged to practise safe distancing in mosques

Azlan Othman

As Muslims in the country prepare to attend the Friday prayers on May 29, the Mosque Affairs Department reiterated the need for congregants registered through the BruHealth app to come early to avoid congestion. Mosques will be open from noon to 1.30pm.

Congregants who develop symptoms of infectious diseases and are of high risk, children aged below 15 and women are not allowed to enter mosques. Uniformed personnel will be stationed at mosques to scan congregants’ QR code.

Congregants are also urged not to stay too long inside the mosque, to avoid shaking hands, to wear face mask, to bring along a prayer mat and to perform ablution at home. Hand sanitisers will also be provided.

Physical and social distancing will be practised at mosques with a space of at least one metre between congregants, and body temperature will also be checked prior to entering the vicinity. Congregants must also make self-assessment before and after the Friday prayers.

When congregants have completed performing their prayers, they should leave the mosque promptly. One should also observe physical and social distancing when making a donation at mosques.

Meanwhile, mosques, suraus and religious halls are temporarily banned from holding religious talks and accepting visitors, while encouraging speedy mortuary activities and limiting the number of attendees.

Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah in Kampong Kiarong. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI