Kuwait, Oman, and Saudi Arabia have allowed their Shiite citizens to hold the commemoration of Ashura ceremonies amid health protocols set by the authorities concerned while Bahrain suspended these ceremonies in mosques and Hussainiyat (congregation halls for Shiite commemoration ceremonies), and limited them to being held remotely, and to broadcast them live on TV, to stem the spread of COVID-19, local media reported.
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Ashura ceremonies mark the death in battle of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). In Kuwait, the Ministry of Health has set the regulations for attending mourning councils in Hussainiyat, including shortening the time of the gatherings to 15 minutes, limiting entry to men between 15 and 60 years old without any chronic diseases, and the obligation to wear masks, the physical distance of not less than one and a half meters, and temperature checks.
In Oman, too, the directives stipulated allowing the revival of Ashura ceremonies with the necessary health precautions.
In Saudi Arabia, authorities have allowed Shiite citizens to perform their religious rites according to a regulation that prevents the spread of the killer bug among the attendees.
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