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UAE: Friday prayers to resume – Guidelines to follow

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Mosques across the UAE will reopen for Friday prayers, starting from December 4, while strictly adhering to COVID-19 precautionary measures, it was announced on Tuesday.

Here are the safety guidelines you must follow to keep yourself and the community safe from the spread of Covid-19:

Do not gather outside mosques: The mosques will open 30 minutes before the sermon (Khutbah) and will close 30 minutes after the prayer. Do not gather outside the mosques before or after the prayer.

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Masks, prayer mats must: You must wear a face mask at all times. You should also bring your own prayer mat.

Perform ablution at home: The mosque’s washrooms and ablution facilities will remain closed.

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No shaking hands or hugs allowed.

These residents must not go to the mosque: The elderly, children and those with chronic diseases

Social distancing:The mosques will take in 30 per cent of its capacity. Its shaded areas can accommodate worshippers, too. But worshippers must ensure an adequate social distance from one another.

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Take your own Quran copy: Worshippers should take their own personal copies of the Holy Quran or read it from phones or tabs.

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