Reopening responsibly: Sharjah launches sterlilisation campaign at mosques  06/01/2020 12:00:51   Afkar Abdullah /Sharjah
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The Sharjah Islamic Affairs Department (SIAD) has launched an intensified sterilisation campaign at all mosques as they prepare to reopen. Though a date for reopening the places of worship has not been specified, the campaign has been undertaken to ensure the safety of worshippers who will come back for prayers after restrictions are eased.

The campaign has been undertaken to ensure the safety of worshippers who come back for prayers after easing of restrictions is announced, a top SIAD official said.

While preparing for the reopening of mosques and the services provided, SIAD has started sanitising all its offices, related facilities, and Quran centres in various parts of the emirate. It is also carrying out cleaning in the mosques' parking lots and outdoor areas as per the prescribed norms. The department has stepped up inspections in the mosques to ensure they comply with the highest standards and requirements.

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SIAD carries out specialised maintenance and partial preventive maintenance, including plumbing, carpentry, and AC upkeep, in a number of mosques.

The department is also currently supervising completion of the construction of a number of mosques in the suburbs and other regions of Sharjah.

SIAD organised a slew of workshops to educate imams on anti-Covid measures as well. It will continue to educate the people on the precautions with guidance from the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the official pointed out.

Last week, some mosques in Dubai had posters of detailed guidelines that worshippers must adhere to when the mosques open. Though a date was not given, the posters issued by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department specified guidelines like wearing a mask and gloves while praying; bringing own prayer mats; and leaving a 1.5m gap between worshippers.

Afkar Abdullah

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