Picture used for illustrative purpose only.
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.”
UAE authorities have temporarily closed mosques and amended the 'adhan' or the Muslim call to prayer, to include the words "pray in your homes."
Tough punishment awaits individuals found guilty of spreading misinformation and disinformation that impinge on the reputation and national security of the UAE such as those regarding the current global concern on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The site includes interactive features, updates from official sources, and answers to related queries. Developed by UAE-based artificial intelligence services firm, Saal.ai, the website will feature real-time UAE and worldwide COVID-19 situation and latest updates.
Air Arabia Abu Dhabi was formed following an agreement by Etihad Airways and Air Arabia to establish the capital’s first low-cost carrier that follows the business model of Air Arabia and complements the services of Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi thereby catering to the growing low-cost travel market segment in the region.
The ministry has cooperated with the Fujairah Government in launching these centres and supplied them with the latest equipment, technologies and qualified medical, nursing and administrative cadres from SEHA.
The authorities called on the public to strictly adhere to all precautionary measures and maintain social distancing to ensure the health and safety of community members.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said on Monday that metropolitan Manila, the capital region of more than 12 million people, and five densely populated provinces will revert to stricter quarantine restrictions for two weeks starting from Tuesday.