Mosques Reopening Continues with Phase 1B

46 mosques extend opening hours for five daily prayers from 8 June 2020

5 June 2020

1. The end of the circuit breaker phase on 2 June 2020 saw mosques reopening their doors from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for individual private worship for small numbers of members of the community, especially workers in essential services that are constantly on the move - taxi drivers, private hire drivers and delivery service personnel. This Phase 1A has been well-received by the community, who have complied with the safe management measures in place, bringing their own prayer items, wearing masks and following the guidance of mosque officers on-site.

Extension of Hours – Phase 1B

2. From 8 June onwards, in Phase 1B of the gradual, safe reopening of mosques, 46 mosques will open for extended operating hours for individual worship for the five daily prayers, from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

3. The rest of the mosques which are extending their hours will do so based on the demand from congregants. Some mosques with no demand will not offer dawn prayers, and will only open from 1 p.m. and will close in the evening at 9 p.m. Some mosques will close earlier as they are situated within small or non-residential areas with no demand for evening prayers. For full details of timings and prayer sessions, click here

4. During this Phase 1B, mosques will still not organise congregational prayers, including Friday prayers, in line with the national guidelines for places of worship. The limit on the number of individuals allowed at any one time, as well as the distinct individual and family prayer zones, will continue.

5. Precautionary measures that were put in place in Phase 1A will continue. This includes regular disinfection of common spaces, physical checks, temperature taking and ensuring all congregants who visit to register their details using the SafeEntry system.

6. We encourage congregants to abide by these measures to proactively minimise the possible spread of COVID-19 in our mosques. We seek the support and the understanding of the Muslim community to safeguard public health while adhering to our religious obligations and social responsibility while in our mosques.