Combating Covid: UAE mosque capacity 50% from 3rd August


Mosques in the UAE can operate at 50 per cent capacity from Monday, August 3, a top official has announced. Worshippers must maintain a distance of two metres from one another.

Mosques have been operating at 30 per cent since they were reopened on July 1.

The UAE’s Federal Authority for Government Human Resources earlier announced a four-day Eid Al Adha holiday for the public sector. The authority said the break will be from Thursday, July 30, to Sunday, August 2.

Mosque and Eid advisory

> Mosques to operate at a capacity of 50%, with a physical distancing of two metres maintained, in addition to other precautionary measures

> Prayers will be restricted to 10 minutes as of August 3 except for Maghrib prayer, which will be for five minutes

> Donations and sacrifices should be made only through official charitable causes in the country and through smart applications

> Sacrifices should be made only through slaughterhouses outlined by the local authorities that provide remote services and follow all safety protocols and precautionary measures

> It is forbidden to deal with unofficial workers for the purpose of livestock and slaughter

> Caution to be taken when distributing the sacrificial meat among family, relatives and neighbours

> Avoid visiting and family gatherings and instead offer greetings through electronic media or phones

> Refrain from distributing Eid gifts such as cash to children

> Avoid visiting pregnant women, children and people with chronic diseases

>  Domestic workers are prohibited from meeting anyone outside their homes, and must be provided protective equipment if they need to interact with people from outside.

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