Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 24 October 2020

CORONAVIRUS

Free Covid-19 test for religious leaders in Abu Dhabi

Exemption is part of plan to ensure religious centres remain safe for worshippers

Religious leaders in Abu Dhabi do not have to pay for Covid-19 tests.

The Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi made the ruling to support places of worship in their implementation of precautionary measures to protect public health and safety.

The exemption is part of guidelines for the reopening of places of worship.

These also include a maximum capacity of 30 per cent and ensuring that worshippers follow all precautionary measures.

Mosques, temples and churches across the country were closed on March 16 to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Several places of worship reopened in early July but some churches reopened later as they awaited clarity about receiving the communion.

Last month, admission to places of worship extended to children and the elderly, who were previously prevented from attending services for their safety.

The department has issued a manual to mosques, temples and churches to guide the gradual return of worshippers.

The "Gradual Return Back To Life" Guide includes procedures that must be followed, including organised entry and exit points according to the permitted capacity.

Updated: September 26, 2020 01:24 PM

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