Places of Worship to Remain Closed in Iran for Now amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Places of Worship to Remain Closed in Iran for Now amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says mosques and places of worship will remain closed for another two weeks as part of social distancing measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

President Rouhani made the announcement at a meeting of the National Coronavirus Headquarters on Sunday.

“We will hold more meetings and we hope we can find a way for people to be able to use these holy sites,” he noted.

He then touched upon low-risk and medium-risk businesses which have been allowed to resume work across the country, and said they should keep observing health protocols.

The president said restaurants can sell takeaways, but cannot serve customers at the location.

“All locations which are places of gathering will remain closed and all seminars, conferences, ceremonies marking happy occasions, mourning ceremonies, religious congregations and any kind of gathering and all high-risk ones will be canceled until further notice,” he added.

The president further thanked people for abiding by health protocols and on other directives aimed at containing the coronavirus outbreak.

He also expressed his gratitude to medical personnel for their relentless efforts.
President Rouhani underlined that the whole world is now gripped by the pandemic and people across the world are having tough days.

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