Mosques to effect changes in response to easing of COVID-19 restrictions

The new protocols for Muslims who want to worship at the mosque

Guidelines have been announced for Muslims who wish to worship in mosques despite the spread of COVID-19.

The announcement followed President Akufo-Addo’s decision to launch the first phase of easing restrictions across Ghana.

The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs subsequently announced that mosques would be able to admit worshippers from Friday (5 June).

The sector minister, Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, however, urged the various Islamic leaders to ensure that social distancing protocols are adhered to.

The minister said thermometer guns or thermal scanners must be used to check the temperature of members at entry points to the mosques.

A “no mask, no entry” policy must be established at all mosques, he further said. He also said that handwashing facilities and alcohol-based hand sanitisers must be made available to all worshippers.

One wo/man, one mat

Dzamesi also called on mosque management teams to ensure that worshippers use their own mats.

He however said that should the mosque provide its own mats, it must ensure that these are disinfected before and after use.

“Ensure each worshipper uses their personal mat (sajaada), or disinfect mats provided by the mosque before and after use.

“Ablution should be performed in the house by adherents before entering the mosque,” the minister said.

“Use easily removable footwear such as slippers,” Dzamesi added. “Allow people to come out of the mosque to collect slippers one after the other, instead of crowding at the entrance. Put a bowl at the entrance of the mosque for the offering of Fisabilillah.”

“The state is watching”

The minister warned that the state will be observing the various religious bodies to ensure that they follow all the laid-down guidelines.

He said the government will not hesitate to involve the security services to ensure that the protocols are adhered to.

“Where necessary, the state security services shall ensure enforcement of these protocols,” he said.

“There will be random enforcement checks to ensure compliance.”

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