The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Qatar has issued guidelines to perform prayers in Mosques during the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar.
Nearly 500 Mosques reopened in Qatar under phase one, easing restrictions of coronavirus.
Given below are the latest guidelines in Mosques:
- The Mosque should open five minutes prior to call for prayer and may close five minutes after prayer, the Ministry said in its guidelines in the website.
- The Mosque doors should close when the prayer starts or when the agreed capacity of the mosque is reached.
- Proper hand sanitizing is mandatory before entering the Mosque.
- The guidelines stipulate that toilets and ablution places will remain shut and the temperature of all workers in the mosque will be checked.
- All employees and worshippers should possess the Ehteraz app and it should indicate the green status for entry.
- Masks is mandatory for all worshippers and employees in the Mosques. Worshippers should bring their own prayer mat.
- Worshippers and employees are required to use a tissue when coughing or sneezing and it should be disposed off directly into a waste bin.
- Sanitizers should be provided at the entrance and multiple locations in the mosque.
- All surfaces that are frequently touched, apart from carpets, corridors and places where shoes are kept need to be cleaned and disinfected after each prayer.
- Worshippers are encouraged to bring their own Qur’an or use their phone application to read it.
- At least half of the doors and windows need to kept open during prayer time to ensure good ventilation within the Mosque. They can be closed after worshippers leave the mosque.
- Packs of tissues should be made available and waste bins should be distributed across the mosque.
- A minimum safe distance of 1.5m should be maintained between worshippers at all times. For this floor markings should be used.
- An isolation room should be assigned at the Mosque in case of any suspected cases, and they should be kept separately until the medical team from MoPH are alerted.
- If any of the employees have respiratory symptoms or fever, they should not go to work, and it should be reported to their employer.
- Children aged 12 and vulnerable groups are advised to pray at home.
- Every Mosque should display a sticker indicating maximum occupancy.
All these guidelines aim to facilitate gradual and safe restoration to mosques and development of effective measures to protect the health of worshippers and mosque workers by reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection during the prayer in the Mosque.