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Mosques to reopen for fully vaccinated congregants

NationalMosques to reopen for fully vaccinated congregants

Fardhu and Friday prayers can now be performed at mosques, suraus, and prayer halls nationwide starting this coming Friday after a 3-month hiatus due to the second wave of the Covid-19 in August.

As the Sultanate will enter the Transition Phase – providing only some additional freedoms, the Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman shared other religious activities have yet to be conducted.

Entering the Transition Phase, the Ministry of Religious Affairs has set up guidelines and safety measures based on the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

It allows individuals aged above 18 years old and fully vaccinated to perform prayers including suraus under the administration of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and Royal Brunei Police Force.

Male congregants with ‘Green’ or ‘Yellow’ are allowed to book a slot via the BruHealth application to perform Friday prayer, with the mosque capacity based on physical distancing. Meanwhile, performing Fardhu prayers are allowed for both male and female congregants.

The congregants are required to bring their prayer mat and perform ablution at home before going to the mosque. Other mosques facilities such as toilets and ablution places are not encouraged to be used unless necessary.

Wearing a face mask at all times and a body temperature check is required before entering, and congregants are encouraged to use hand sanitiser.

Congregants with symptoms of the infection or those at high risk are not allowed to enter the mosques, suraus, and prayer halls. 

Any mosque religious activities and hand-shaking between congregants are also prohibited.

During the reopening, every entry to the mosques will be monitored by a uniformed team and assisted by the members of the Mosque Takmir Committee, volunteers, and mosque youths for the Fardhu and Friday prayers.

Arabic School Candidate Selection Examination

A total of 2,394 candidates have registered for the Arabic School Candidate Selection Examination this year. 

The Minister of Religious Affairs stated the examination would be graded by the School Assessed Marks (SAM), School Performance Assessment, whether mid-year examination, topical tests, and students’ work evaluation throughout 2021.

The Examination Division will coordinate the Student Achievement Results, Department of Islamic Studies, whether through the Religious Schools’ headmasters for religious subjects or public schools on Mathematics and English subjects. The results will be announced prior to their admission to Arabic schools in January 2022.

The National Vaccination Programme

All teachers, including non-teaching staff of schools and higher education under the jurisdiction of MoRA, are required to be vaccinated mandatorily.

To date, 2,781 teachers (78.96%) have been fully vaccinated, meanwhile, 709 teachers (20.13%) have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. At the same time, 32 teachers (0.91%) have not yet been vaccinated. 

Meanwhile, under the National Vaccination Programme for Adolescents aged 12-17 years old, a total of 4,397 students (96%) out of 4,590 students (Arabic and Tahfiz institute) have been received their first doses of Covid-19 vaccine. 

Since the programme’s implementation on November 8, a total of 559 (12.71%) students have been vaccinated. The programme will continue to vaccinate more students on November 14 and 15, involving 3,647 students.

For the officers and staff members under MoRA, a total of 4,871 individuals (80%) out of 6,125 have been fully vaccinated, meanwhile, 1,193 individuals (19%)have received their first doses, and only 58 individuals (1%) have not yet been vaccinated.

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