Islamic Affairs Ministry temporarily closes six mosques where COVID cases detected

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance temporarily closed down six mosques in four regions Saturday; after six confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) detected among the worshipers.

The ministry also announced that a total of 224 mosques were closed down in 27 days, 208 of which were opened; after completion of sterilization and arrangements so as to ensure the safety of worshipers.

In a report it issued Saturday, the ministry also gave the breakdown of figures for mosques it has closed down and the cases found; as follows: two mosques in Makkah Province, two mosques in Tabuk Region; one mosque in Al-Qassim Region and one mosque in the Eastern Province. One case in each of these mosques, the ministry indicated.

The ministry also said that it reopened 12 mosques; three in Riyadh region, three in Makkah Province, three in the Eastern Province; two mosques in the Hail Region, and a mosque in the Asir region, after completing all precautionary measures; mainly sterilization and maintenance.

The ministry called on worshipers and mosque employees; in order to abide by the instructions on precautionary measures for the safety and health of those who visit the ‘Houses of God’.