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Path to normalcy: Saudi Arabia eases Partial Restrictions in Mosques

Saudi Arabia through its Ministry of Islamic Affairs on Sunday eased several precautionary measures in Mosques which were implemented last year to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 The Mosques around the Kingdom are now allowed to replace the Mushafs (Quran copies), although the Ministry has recommended that worshipers bring their own copies. The time restriction of 10 minutes between the Adhan (Call to Prayer) and Iqamah (Time for Prayer) was also removed.  

The Ministry also said that Mosques are allowed to replace refrigerators and Water Dispensers. It also allowed Mosques to reopen one hour before Jumu’ah Prayers and close after 30 minutes.   

The Ministry also allowed lessons, lectures to be conducted in the Mosques while adhering to the precautionary measures such as wearing a mask and maintaining 1.5-meter social distancing between each worshiper

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