Morocco: Second-largest mosque in Africa reopens as COVID lockdown eases

The second-largest mosque in Africa, the Hassan II Mosque in Morocco's Casablanca, reopened its doors to worshippers Wednesday after nearly four months of closure amid the spread of coronavirus. Apart from the Hassan II Mosque, early 5,000 other worship sites, closed back in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, have resumed their work by Wednesday, according to Moroccan Minister for Islamic Affairs Ahmed Toufiq. Footage shows worshippers undergoing temperature checks and disinfecting their hands before entering the Hassan II Mosque. One of the worshippers, Ibrahim Raoui, said he feels happy «to renew the connection with the homes of God.» The reopenings were approved by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs as part of the gradual lockdown easing strategy which includes strict social distancing and hygiene measures for all worship sites.

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