Iran: Tehran mosques reopen to worshippers as restrictions eased

Mosques in Iran reopened on Tuesday as part of the government's plans to ease restrictions put in place to contain the spread of coronavirus. Worshippers in Tehran were allowed to attend Laylat al-Qadr ceremony under strict health rules. Worshippers wearing face masks or shields were seen attending the ceremony at Tehran University mosque, having their temperatures checked before entering the... Еще mosque and keeping a safe distance among them while praying. «We are glad that after a while, after many ceremonies we have lost due to coronavirus, we can finally hold Laylat al-Qadr ceremony,» said Tehran university Mosque media person, Hakim Arzideh. «Yesterday we were announced that we could, by abiding by health protocols and instructions issued by the national headquarters of coronavirus prevention, to hold this ceremony and the staff of this mosque prepared themselves to hold the ceremony and they have done a disinfection operation for the area. We hope that we could have our dear people here other nights by abiding by these protocols,» he added. On Friday, May 8, prayer gatherings resumed in up to 180 Iranian cities and towns seen as being at low risk of coronavirus contagion after a two-month suspension, with participants purportedly required to wear gloves and masks, as well as bringing their own Qurans and prayer rugs. As of Tuesday, Iran has reported nearly 110,770 confirmed coronavirus cases, with more than 6,700 related deaths, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University.​​ **RESTRICTIONS: NO Access Israel Media/Persian Language TV Stations Outside Iran/Strictly No Access BBC Persian/VOA Persian/Manoto-1 TV/Iran International**
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