Thousands of worshippers Wednesday flocked to around 830 mosques across Kuwait and performed the noon congregational prayers for the first time in about three months since the mosques were closed in the country due to fears of the novel coronavirus.
The mosques were reopened amid strict health precautions including the mandatory wearing of protective face masks by worshippers and the use of personal prayer rugs. The worshippers are also required to keep a distance of 1.5 metres inside the mosque and to perform the ritual ablution at home before going to the mosque.
The elderly and those suffering from chronic disease are advised against praying in mosques while children are banned from going to the mosque.
The imam of a local mosque, Anis Abdul Qader, described Wednesday as a blessed day due to the reopening of the mosques.
In a gesture of rejoicing over the mosque reopening, 100 heads of sheep, donated by charities, were slaughtered, according to Al Rai.