Mosques in Kuwait reopened for Friday prayer for the first time yesterday, after the coronavirus pandemic forced a shutdown in March.
The Kuwaiti Ministry of Awqaf earlier allowed some Mosques to reopen for prayer in the calmer areas since June, but worshippers were not allowed to perform Friday prayer.
With the new announcements, over 1000 Mosques reopened doors to worshippers yesterday, following the safety measures issued by the authorities, including sanitization of the premises, installing signs for social distancing and enforcing face masks.
The worshippers were required to perform ablution -wudu- at home and bring their own prayer mats. The water fountains and toilets in the mosques are not allowed to open until further notice.
Mosques will open 30 minutes before prayer and close 15 minutes after Friday’s sermon. The whole prayer will take not more than 15 minutes.
People who are still in quarantine and children below 15 years of age are not allowed within the premises, while those with compromised immune systems, chronic diseases, or any illness symptoms are also advised to stay home.