SOUTHAMPTON MEDINA MOSQUE TRUST LTD. OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING MOSQUE COVID POLICY FROM MONDAY 19TH JULY 2021.
From Monday the 19th July, the government will be moving to stage 4 of the road map and lift the current Covid restrictions that have been in place. This means that from this date there will be an end to the requirement to social distance and the wearing of face coverings. Although most legal restrictions will be lifted at step 4, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, and we are still in the third wave of this pandemic in the UK. COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.
As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, it is important that we all use personal judgement to manage our own risk. All of us can play our part by exercising common sense and considering the risks. While no situation is risk-free, there are actions we can take to protect ourselves and others around us. Every action to help reduce the spread will reduce any further resurgence of the virus in the coming months.
From the 19th of July onwards, the Mosque will have:
- No Social distancing during prayers, we will be returning to standing shoulder to shoulder during congregational prayers.
- No requirement to bring a prayer mat for prayers. However, if you feel that you still want to use your own prayer mat, you will be free to do so.
- Shoe racks will be available for use too.
- Toilets and Washrooms will be open at the Mosque, however, it must be stressed that to keep all users of the Mosque safe and limit any risk of virus spread, we encourage people to use their own judgement in using these facilities and where possible, to make your ablutions (Wudu) at home.
However, after careful consideration, and to keep all users of the Mosque safe, especially our users who have underlying health issues, we have decided that from 19th July the wearing of face coverings at the Mosque is strongly advised. We urge all users of the Mosque to continue to wear face coverings during the congregational prayer, and in any large gatherings in the Mosque where space is limited. Whilst this is not a legal requirement, we ask you to consider the fact that infection rates are on the rise and that some of our Mosque users are people who are in the vulnerable health category.
May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala reward you all for your efforts in trying to prevent this virus spreading and keep us all in his divine protection. JazakAllah Khayr, The Board of Trustees, Southampton Medina Mosque Trust Ltd.