Temples, churches shut as part of new COVID measures

Oman Sunday 04/April/2021 07:25 AM
By: Times News Service
Temples, churches shut as part of new COVID measures
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Muscat: Worshippers in Oman will no longer be able to pray at temples and churches in the country until the foreseeable future, as part of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

It has been decided to temporarily bar people from entering these places of worship, and in the meantime, people are requested to pray with their families at home.

“The faithful are hence advised to avoid any group prayer meetings in private or public places, including homes and rented halls, encouraging them to stay at home and pray with their family members,” said a circular issued by Fr. Raul Ramos, the parish priest of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ruwi.

“Pursuant to the new directives communicated to us to refrain from holding any public gatherings in line with national efforts to combat COVID-19, we, the catholic churches, shall comply with the directives of the Government of Oman,” he added. “The church will remain closed from 3 April 2021, until further notice.”

The gates of the temples in the country are also shut to outsiders, as part of the regulations.

“We are advised by the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs to suspend the events and activities in both the temples from 3 April 2021 until further notice,” said a circular from temple management, which was issued to preserve the safety of those in charge, as well as visitors.

“Further, please note that the gates of both the temples will be closed,” added management. “We request all the devotees to understand the present situation and cooperate. Also, take precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19.”