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Jama Masjid to reopen from Tuesday; Auqaf urges people to follow SOPs 

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Srinagar: Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Sunday said that as the number of corona positive cases continues to mount with each passing day, people must take precautions and strictly adhere to public health regulations and guidelines laid down by the medical fraternity.

It said after consultations and suggestions and observing the precepts being followed by Muslims world-over, the historic Jama Masjid Srinagar is being opened for prayers from Tuesday, August 18th.

It said the health regulations and SOPs need to be strictly followed by those visiting the mosques. Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid strongly suggests that “vulnerable” community members, especially the elderly and those who are sick, and the children should stay away from coming to the mosque for prayers. Young children should not be brought along to the mosque, it said in a statement.

Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid also said that the international guidelines and protocols while visiting mosques in view of the Covid-19 pandemic should be strictly adhered to.

“Worshipers should not greet each other by hugging, shaking hands or any other physical contact and should maintain a physical distance at all times,” it said, adding that the worshippers will leave a distance of 2 meters between them and a space of one row between two rows.

“The use of fountain for ablution inside the mosques will not be permitted. All worshippers should mandatorily wear a face mask and bring their own prayer mats and their own copies of holy Quran with them. Ablution should be done at home and worshippers should ensure that they keep a safe distance from others when entering or leaving the mosque,” the statement said.

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