WATCH | Prayer during Covid-19: Joburg mosque ups safety measures

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Since President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster last Sunday, many mosques and other religious buildings have closed.

Ramaphosa met religious leaders from many faiths last week to discuss a way forward. As a result, many people have decided to worship only at home.

Some houses of worship are making use of technology to connect with their constituents. Others have chosen to remain open amid the coronavirus pandemic but are taking measures to operate within the confines of the law.

The Masjid Siratul Jannah in Evans Park, Johannesburg, now allows only 100 people at a time to pray, and provides foot covers for those entering. Prayers have been split between five different groups. Worshipers are encouraged to perform their ablutions at home before praying.

People entering the mosque are offered sanitiser. The mosque also covers surfaces in the prayer room with new sheets of plastic after each session.

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