Cambodia reopens mosques after eased COVID-19 situation

September 25, 2020

Mosques in Cambodia reopened their doors to worshippers on Friday after a six-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Minister Mam Bunheng said in an earlier statement that the mosques are allowed to reopen every Friday for the first four weeks before going daily if the situation of COVID-19 remains under control.

He said worshippers must strictly follow the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.

"They must wear face masks, have their body temperature checked, regularly wash hands with soap or alcohol- and gel-based sanitizers, and keep social distancing of at least 1.5 meters between each other," Bunheng said.

"Muslims should bring their own prayer mats from home, as children and ill people are not allowed to enter the mosques," he said.

Attendees are refrained from shaking hands, and they can greet each other by raising hands and saying "Salam", he added.

The move was made after the situation of COVID-19 in the kingdom is under control. According to the Ministry of Health, the Southeast Asian nation has recorded a total of 274 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, and all of the patients have recovered.