After 558 days: Oman reopens mosques for Friday prayers tomorrow

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Muscat: After 558 days, citizens and residents will celebrate Friday prayers tomorrow, mosques were closed for Friday prayers since Sunday, March 15, 2020, based on the decision of the Supreme Committee in charge of examining a mechanism for dealing with developments resulting from the spread of the Corona virus, which reads as follows:

It was decided to allow Friday prayers and reopen mosques and worship places for those who received at least one dose of the vaccine until the end of September 2021, provided that the number of attendance does not exceed 50% of the capacity of mosques and places of worship, and that the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs undertake the task of organizing the precautionary measures adopted in this regard and monitoring their implementation.

The decision of the Supreme Committee comes after a noticeable decrease in cases and deaths with the increase in the number of vaccinations, as the latest statistics issued last Monday indicated that the total vaccinated with Covid-19 vaccines in the Sultanate since the beginning of the national campaign for immunization against Covid 19 with at least one dose reached 2,810,262 people. At a rate of 80 percent of the total targets, while the total of vaccinated people with two doses reached 1,826,224 people, at a rate of 52 percent, and the total doses administered reached 4,636,486 doses.

Also on, Wednesday, statistics indicated that the Sultanate did not record any deaths for the fifth consecutive day, and the number of cases during the last three days toll only 89.

When was mosques closed and opened in Oman?!

On March 18, 2020, the Supreme Committee decided to close mosques during its meeting on March 17, including closing all mosques, except to lift the call to prayer, and closing all places of worship for non-Muslims.

After 8 months, on November 10, 2020,  The Supreme Committee decided to allow the reopening of mosques with a capacity of not less than 400 worshipers for the five daily prayers only (not including Friday prayers) as of Sunday 29 Rabi’ al-Awwal 1442 AH corresponding to November 15, 2020 AD. , according to the above-mentioned controls.

On May 11, 2021, the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs decided to allow the opening of toilets and ablution places, and the operation of air conditioning in mosques, provided that the prescribed precautionary measures are followed and the necessary precautions are taken in this regard, which are contained in the guiding guide.

On June 2, 2021, the Supreme Committee decided to allow reopening of mosques with a capacity of not less than one hundred worshipers for the five daily prayers only (while not holding Friday prayers), according to the controls announced by the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs in advance in coordination with the Ministry of Health.

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