MUSCAT: Mosques in Oman will host Friday prayers starting from September 24, the Ministry of Religious and Endowment Affairs (MERA) has announced.
Starting from Sunday, September 19, mosques can submit the application to get permission to host Friday prayers through this link: https://www.mara.gov.om/arabic/jmah_form.aspx
Mosques are allowed to take in 50 per cent of their capacity for the Friday prayers and safety protocols will be in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
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“Only fully vaccinated worshippers will be allowed entry to the mosques. A team of volunteers will verify if the worshippers have taken two doses of Covid-19 vaccine before entering the mosque,” the statement said while issuing the guidelines.
Worshippers must commit to social distancing, including wearing a mask and must bring their own prayer rugs.
The resumption of Friday prayers comes after they were suspended since March 2020 and indicates a major step towards a return to normal religious rituals in the country.