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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The UAE National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) announced the reopening of mosques in the UAE on Wednesday, July 1.
NCEMA spokesperson Dr Saif Al Dhaheri said, “Mosques and places of worship will be reopened across the country starting July 1, with a capacity reduced to 30 per cent. UAE health authorities already conducted COVID-19 tests for Imams and workers serving at mosques.”
Al Dhaheri said, “As a continuation of the precautionary measures, mosques will not be open for Friday prayers. Also, certain mosques located in industrial areas, labour residential areas, shopping malls and public parks will remain closed until further notice.”
Al Dhaheri said, “We urge the public to cooperate by following precautionary measures including social distancing.
“Children under 12 years old, the elderly as well as individuals with chronic diseases should avoid going to mosques.”
“Based on ongoing assessment of the health situation, mosques and places of worship where any cases are detected will be immediately closed and necessary measures taken, Dr Saif Al Dhaheri said.
Dr Saif Al Dhaheri, “Instructions and controls related to the gradual opening of mosques and places of worship will be circulated and published by the relevant authorities.”
The UAE Government said we must all be aware that we are dealing with a disease that has a great ability to spread. Failure to adhere to preventive measures, especially in public places, may lead to negative repercussions for all.
The authorities said, “Negligence and recklessness of individuals will jeopardise the efforts of the first line of defence and the efforts of institutions who have worked tirelessly to protect the health and safety of the nation.”
The authorities also said, “Our collective efforts and commitment to follow guidelines will largely define the next steps of the recovery process.”
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