Friday prayers were offered in all mosques and shrines after remaining suspended for about 22 weeks following closures of religious places in Jammu region since March to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
However, people were offered Friday prayers in small and interior mosques in the Jammu though authorities were yet to lift ban on congregational prayers from last couple of weeks.
“We are really happy that we were able to offer Friday prayers in mosques and shrines after over five months. But, we need to make sure that we follow all the guidelines, including maintaining social distance and wearing facemasks, so that COVID-19 doesn’t spread,” said a local.
The J&K administration on August 4 had announced that all religious places and places of worship would be reopened from August 16. However, authorities issued guidelines and urged people not to lower their guard. “Community response holds the key to fighting Pandemic. Glad to see observance of SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) as religious places opened today after 5 months.
Meanwhile, Friday prayers were offered in District Poonch in which the large number of gathering participated but proper norms was followed by the masses and nobody entered into mosques without mask.