SEREMBAN: Worshippers have been reminded to strictly observe Covid-19 preventive measures as 33 mosques and surau in the state have been forced to temporarily close since the beginning of the year after some individuals tested positive for the coronavirus.
Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun (pic) said nine other masjid and surau were temporarily closed when worshippers failed to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) such as wearing face masks and bringing their own prayer mats.
He said because of this, several religious clusters had been detected in the state and some were still active.
“When the movement control order 2.0 was enforced last year, the Negri Sembilan government decided to allow mosques and surau to stay open for daily as well as Friday prayers.
“However, the management committees were told that the number of worshippers allowed would be based on capacity, and that they will have to practise physical distancing and follow the other SOPs.
“So, it is my hope that all worshippers will help the committees and strictly adhere to all SOPs as we are facing a very challenging time now, ” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (May 19).
Aminuddin said mosques and surau must close between seven and 14 days if Covid-19 cases are detected among worshippers.
If they are to have breached SOPs, then the mosque or surau will be closed for at least seven days.
He said the Negri Sembilan Islamic Affairs Department enforcement team as well as mosque and surau committees were doing their best to ensure SOP compliance.
“Please give them the respect they deserve as they are carrying out their duties for common benefit.
“Let us all pray that this pandemic will end so that we can go to the mosque or surau like we used to previously, ” he added.