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Professionals & Health Workers

Hygiene, environment, physical distancing and working remotely

  • Open mosques 30 minutes before the daily obligatory prayer and close them 30 minutes after.
  • Open mosques one hour before the Friday prayer and close it 30 minutes after.
  • Worshipers must bring their rug to pray in the mosque.
  • Urge worshipers to keep a distance of one and a half meters between each worshiper and the other from all sides.
  • Provide enough space on the sides of the mosque to allow the worshipers to leave from the first rows to the exits without the need to pass between other worshipers.
  • Distribute hand sanitizers in the mosque, if possible.
  • Ensure that the hand sanitizer contains 60-80% of alcohol and meets the requirements of the Food and Drug Authority.
  • Distribute paper tissues around the mosque, and place them at visible places.
  • Surfaces, mosque carpets and cushions should be periodically disinfected with approved disinfectants if possible.
  • Remove books, Qur’ans, and Qur’ans holders if possible, and urge worshipers to take their Qur’ans with them.
  • Remove dirt with soap and water before disinfecting surfaces.
  • Keep a schedule of surface disinfection times.
  • Wear a fabric mask or something that covers the nose and mouth, perform ablution at home, and be careful not to crowd when going out
  • Remove all water coolers, water refrigerators, and any kind of food or drink inside the mosque.
  • Ensure good ventilation in the mosque and it is preferable to use natural ventilation and reduce the temperature. Artificial ventilation is used in addition to natural ventilation if possible.
  • Allow lectures and lessons after prayer, while adhering to social distancing measures, in alignment with the length of the mosque opening after prayer.
  • It is preferred to have no-touch waste bins and the waste must be disposed of continuously.

Toilets

  • Permit opening toilets and ablution places in mosques, provided that a worker is designated to disinfect them after each obligatory prayer.
  • Follow “The practical disinfection guide” issued by the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
  • Ensure social distancing in the toilets by placing waiting signs and disabling one sink between every two sinks.
  • Supply toilets with liquid soap.

Symptom monitoring and reporting

  • Follow up the health status of those in charge of the mosque by asking them about symptoms and recording their temperature on a daily basis.
  • Report any case with a high temperature. Record the case’s data and contact numbers, and call 937 to obtain the directions required to transfer the case to hospital.
  • If a confirmed case is registered among employees, the protocols approved by the Ministry of Health and the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control must be applied.
  • It is preferable to establish communication channels for those in charge of mosques and worshipers to report violations of requirements in order to avoid them. The person responsible for the communication channels should be one of those in charge of the mosque, such as the imam or the mosque muezzin.
  • If there is housing for workers in the mosque, it is preferable to equip an isolation room for suspected cases of those in charge of the mosque to be isolated in, until they are contacted by competent authorities. (Please refer to the health requirements guide for workers’ accommodations to combat COVID-19).

Awareness

  • Rely on official sources to obtain information on COVID-19 (official sources include the Ministry of Health and the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control).
  • Allow the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases to pray inside the mosque while urging them to pray at home.
  • Remined worshipers after performing the prayer of the necessity of social distancing by adhering to the places of posters or signs shown on the mosque carpets or any means the imam sees.
  • Urge worshipers not to crowd at the exits and entrances, so that there is a path for entry and an exit on each side if there is more than one entrance.
  • Distribute awareness posters issued by the Ministry of Health and the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control at all entrances to the mosque and visible places, preferably written in different languages and including the following:
  • Methods of disease transmission and prevention.
  • Raising awareness of washing hands and avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth before washing hands, and paying attention to personal and health care.
  • Following the etiquette of sneezing and coughing (use a tissue and dispose it as soon as possible, use the elbow by bending the arm).
  • Place panel that include a statement of violations and the method for reporting them.
Appendix (1): Groups at higher risk of infection