The Gambia government on Thursday extended the state of public emergency and curfew for another 21 days. Mosques and Churches can now open 15 minutes before a congregational prayer is due and close immediately after prayers are completed, according to amendments to Covid-19 Regulations released on Thursday.
Worshippers must wear face masks and observe social distancing alongside other preventive measures against the coronavirus. According to the new order, Mosques and Churches are expected to set up committees to enforce these regulations.
People who violate these regulations face fines of up to 5000 dalasi or are sentenced to a week of community service, according to President Adama Barrow, who declared another 21-day state of emergency and curfew on August 27.
Muslims will have to carry their prayer mats to the mosques. While the state of emergency is active, the July 24 Public Health (Dangerous Infectious Diseases) Protection Regulations, 2020 will be enforced throughout The Gambia. Meanwhile, the nightly curfew will be active from 10pm to 5am and will be enforced by the police.
But people on official COVID-19 duties, ambulances and journalists on coverage are exempted from the curfew.
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