Mosques, temples must campaign against COVID-19 daily

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:26, Jun 08,2020


All the mosques and other religious temples must carry out COVID-19 awareness campaigns through their public announcement systems every day, the religious affairs ministry instructed.

The ministry in a notice on Monday said that the mosques must have COVID-19 awareness message in Jumma prayer on Fridays from now on.

The notice said that the novel coronavirus had continued to spread across the country so mosques and other religious temples must have awareness campaigns in this situation.

The notice also outlined awareness messages which would be announced from mosques and other religious temples.

The notice also instructed for announcing health directives including washing hands with soap for 20 seconds frequently, wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and not to cough and sneeze in public places without using clothes and tissue papers.

The announcement must also warn against spreading rumours, said the notice.

On April 6, the government asked devotees to say their prayers at home as it barred outsiders at mosques, churches and temples across the country to check the transmission of coronavirus during the first week of April.

Later, they said that maximum five devotees would be allowed to say regular prayers each time at the mosque while ten people should perform weekly Jumma prayers to limit public gathering at mosques.

A month later, the government, however, reopened mosques for all saying that people could say their prayers at mosques across Bangladesh maintaining health directives and social distancing.

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