The Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi.


UAE allows mosques to cut social distancing


DUBAI – Mosques across the UAE will be allowed to reduce physical distancing between worshippers in order to increase the visitor capacity, the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority announced on Tuesday (September 7).

Worshippers can stand 1.5 metres away from each other instead of two metres.

Ablution places and chapels will continue to remain closed, the authority said.

Meanwhile, the number of attendees at funeral prayers has been increased to 50 people. However, the NCEMA said this only applies if the death was not Covid-related.

“It is important to realize that the gradual opening up and a return to a new normal life requires all of us to share the responsibility to preserve everyone’s health and enhance the state’s achievements to contain the pandemic and reach recovery,” according to NCEMA in a statement. ICA/Expat Media

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