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Wales re-entered lockdown on Sunday 20th December 2020, this was an Alert Level Four lockdown, a new system in operation in Wales.

As of 15th February 2021, Wales continues in lockdown. Both the UK Government (Prime Minister Boris Johnson) and the Welsh Government (First Minister Mark Drakeford) have discussed the possibilities of changes in coming weeks or months. This is due to the falling number of cases in Wales and the United Kingdom as well as the roll-out of the vaccine. It is important to note however that nothing has yet been announced or confirmed, and as such, you should continue to follow the following rules:

  • People will not be allowed to mix with anyone they do not live with. However, single person households are allowed to form a support bubble with one other household.
  • Non-essential shops will close, including gyms beauty-salons and hairdressers. Restaurants will only be open for takeaway.
  • Mosques can remain open for ritual obligation worship only whilst maintaining social distancing regulations and must have carried out risk assessments.
  • Worshipers must not congregate outside the masjid before and after the prayer.
  • Nikkah and Janazah can take place, but within the safe limits of the mosque, and only the specific ceremony.
  • All children organised activities are not to take place, thus the madrasah or maktab cannot continue in the mosque. Many mosques will go back to providing this service online.
  • Travel is only for essential purposes.

The Muslim Council of Wales will contact mosques, Islamic organisations, and other members should there be any changes announced and release information on what this means or mosques and religious activities.

In the meantime, we pray your continued safety.

Remember the three key things to help limit the spread of coronavirus, hands, face, space.

Following the Welsh Government Announcement on Saturday, starting from Sunday 20th December Wales will re-enter a lockdown.

This alert level four lockdown will mean the following changes:
– People will not be allowed to mix with anyone they do not live with. However, single person households are allowed to form a support bubble with one other household.
– Non-essential shops will close, including gyms beauty-salons and hairdressers.
– Restaurants will only be open for takeaway.
– Mosques can remain open for ritual obligation worship only whilst maintaining social distancing regulations and must have carried out risk assessments.
– Worshipers must not congregate outside the masjid before and after the prayer.
– Nikkah and Janazah can take place, but within the safe limits of the mosque, and only the specific ceremony.
– All children organised activities are not to take place, thus the madrasah or maktab cannot continue in the mosque. Many mosques will go back to providing this service online

– Travel is only for essential purposes

Places of worship have been allowed to remain open as they have consistently been run safely and with strict measures, we must keep this up however to ensure everyone’s safety. Worshippers attending mosques, please only do so if you are certain it is safe, don’t risk harming another person. Stay at home if have any symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has an undertake a COVID-19 test.

Stay at home, continue to wash your hands, wear your masks and maintain social distancing.

 

On Monday the 9th of November Wales’ Firebreak will end and Welsh Mosques will open their doors to daily prayers and Jummah prayers again.

We’ve produced a handy infographic to help you keep your congregation safe!

We want to emphasise that even though the Firebreak period has ended, we are still in the midst of a pandemic and urge everyone to stay safe by regularly washing hands, keeping 2m distance and wearing face masks in public areas. 

We’ve attached a small infographic highlighting the key changes and messages from the Welsh Government.

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These next two weeks are going to be a difficult one for us living in Wales with the new lockdown measures coming into place from tomorrow (Friday 23/10/2020). 

We must do our bit to in the battle to stem the spread of the coronavirus by staying at home. 

We’d like to thank the Welsh Government and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) for supporting the work Muslim Council of Wales does. 

We’ve been able to produce some fantastic infographics in English, Welsh, Bangla, Arabic, Urdu & Somali. 

 

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We have been just been briefed by Welsh government regarding the proposed “Circuit Breaker” Lockdown Measures.

The details of the new lockdown measure a:
– Dates: Friday 23/10/2020 6pm – Sunday 08/11/2020
– Jummu’ah prayer will be allowed to take place on 23/10/2020
– Mosques to suspend the 5 daily prayers including educational activities
– Remote learning can be utilised
– There is no change to the rules surrounding Janzah and Nikkah ceremonies
– Essential public services can take place at a place of worship such as food kitchens, food banks, childcare provision etc

The Muslim Council of Wales have produced this infographic for our Mosques to benefit from the key messages. 

 

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