SRINAGAR: Jamia Masjid, the grand mosque in Srinagars downtown area that had been closed since March 23 in the wake of the Covid-induced lockdown, will reopen after six months from Tuesday, the Anjuman Auqaf (management) announced on Sunday.
The mosque — managed and run by Kashmirs prominent cleric family of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Hurriyat Conference chairman — had also remained closed for 138 days since August 5, 2019, with the nullification of Articles 370 and 35A, which paved the way for the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir into the twin Union territories of J&K and Ladakh. It was later reopened on December 20, 2019.
Acknowledging the new normal evolving worldwide with the easing of lockdown restrictions and resumption of services, the mosque management said in a statement that devotees need to remain precautious and strictly abide by the SOPs and guidelines laid down by medical experts, in view of the daily surge in coronavirus cases. It requested the elderly, sick and children to refrain from visiting the masjid and warned worshippers against greeting each other by hugging, shaking hands or any form of physical contact.
Devotees were urged to mandatorily wear masks and maintain a minimum physical distance of two metres between them at all tiRead More – Source