Saudi Arabia temporarily closes 10 mosques following COVID-19 infection among worshippers, staff

Saudi Arabia temporarily closes 10 mosques following COVID-19 infection among worshippers, staff

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs has temporarily closed ten mosques across the kingdom following Covid-19 cases reported among worshipers and mosque staff.

The Department for Mosques in the Al Dalam governorate was also shut down after its director and six employees tested positive for the coronavirus.

The closed mosques include three in the Horaimilah governorate, one each in Al Aflaj and Al Dalam in the Riyadh region, three in the Northern Border region, and one each in the Al Mandaq governorate in Al Baha and Dammam in the Eastern region.

The Ministry said that the period of closure for sterilization will range between 24 and 48 hours. The Ministry’s branch in the region and the department for mosques in the governorates will undertake the sterilization work through national companies specialized in sterilization and that is in coordination between the departments of mosques, health affairs, and mayoralties of regions.

The mosques will be reopened for worshipers after authorities ensure their fitness to receive worshipers following the sterilization process. In the event of infection of imam or muezzin, substitute imam and muezzin will be assigned to carry out the task, according to the statement.

The Ministry called on worshipers to take all precautionary measures approved by the competent authorities, including wearing a facemask, bringing their prayer rug, and practicing social distancing measures.