Oman to open mosques for Friday prayers to those vaccinated

Those who meet the requirement can apply for a permit online to attend Friday prayers

  
An Omani boy runs at the entrance of an area where Muslims purify themselves before attending Friday prayers at Sultan Qaboos grand mosque in Muscat October 26, 2007.

An Omani boy runs at the entrance of an area where Muslims purify themselves before attending Friday prayers at Sultan Qaboos grand mosque in Muscat October 26, 2007.

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DUBAI: Oman will allow people who received two doses of the covid-19 vaccine to perform Friday prayers at mosques from next month, the sultanate’s cabinet said Sunday.

The country’s Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs that those who meet the requirement can apply for a permit online to attend Friday prayers.

The ministry also said it will form a team of volunteers to verify that those entering the mosque have taken two doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

The mosques and its annexes will be operated at 50 percent of their capacity while maintaining social distancing will remain a must. Attendees will also be required to being their own prayer rug and wear a mask.

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