Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, the Minister of Religious Affairs explained that the opening of mosques, suraus and religious halls nationwide will be implemented in stages.
According to Yang Berhormat, all mosques, suraus and religious halls will re-opened on the 29th of May 2020 for Friday prayers only, and remain closed for the 5 daily prayers.
Yang Berhormat said that by the consent of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the opening of mosques, suraus and religious halls nationwide will be carried out in 4 stages. The first stage will run for 2 weeks comprising 3 Friday prayers that are on the 29th of May, 5th and 12th of June.
If there is no new infection case within that period, the second phase will be carried out, namely opening the mosques, suraus and religious halls for the 5 daily prayers with several restrictions in place. This includes opening the mosque 10 minutes before the call of prayer, and closing 10 minutes after the prayer ends, apart from abiding the guideline that has been set up by the Ministry of Health. The BruHealth app will be utilised as a control measure system to decide the health of a person who will pray at the mosque. Meanwhile, the Mosque Affairs Department, Ministry of Religious Affairs will disseminate information on the mass prayer guideline at mosque to curb the spread of COVID-19. Yang Berhormat said the information dissemination will be carried out in the near future.
Source: Radio Television Brunei