UAE: Prayer rooms in malls to reopen at 30% capacity

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Prayer rooms at malls and shopping centres in the UAE will reopen at 30% capacity from Monday, July 20.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) said several precautionary measures will be in place at the prayer halls to keep worshippers safe from Covid-19.

Muslims will be required to wear masks and gloves for prayers and they will be given a single-use prayer mat at the halls. Ablution spaces will be open for worshippers and they will be sterilised after each use.

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The halls will be closed and sterilised after every prayer.

Places of worship reopened on July 1 at 30% capacity — 107 days after they were closed to keep the faithful safe from the spread of Covid-19. However, prayer halls at malls remained closed.

Worshippers were asked to carry their own prayer mats to the places of worship and they were also required to download the UAE’s contact tracing app, AlHosn.

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