Riyad, Jun 6, : Saudi Arabian authorities have closed 39 mosques in the state after Coronoravirus was suspected among worshippers , according to Saudi Arabia's television Al Arabiya. The decision was taken by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and called as part of strict health measures to curb the spread of the highly contagious disease.
Those mosques are being sterilized, the television added without specifying their locations. Last week, Saudi Arabia reopened mosques except in Mecca, in line with a plan to gradually return to normal life. Authorities have taken a number of precautions to conduct congregational prayers in mosques.
These include opening the mosque 15 minutes before Adhan and closing it 10 minutes after the namaz ends with the interval between the Adhan and 10 minutes after the namaz began. Worshippers are kept apart with a distance of two metres. Children under 15 are barred from going to mosques as a preventive measure. Before entering the mosques, people have to get their temperatures checked. In March, the kingdom closed the mosques as part of strict measures to curb the spread of the virus.(UNI)