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Social Distancing in place as Mosques reopen in Germany

Berlin (SD) – A number of German mosques were reopened this morning, with social distancing and other health orders like wearing a masks in place.

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According to Turkish news agency Anadolu, this is part of a return to normal life in the country.

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“We will take our guests into mosque through only one door. Everyone will wear masks as well as disinfect their hands. Contact information of those who come to the mosque will be listed,” Yakup Ayar, the head of Sehitlik Mosque Association told Anadolu Agency about the strict guidelines.

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Germany has more than 3.5 million Turks, Most of the mosques there are run by religious leaders from Turkey.

The country has millions of other non Turkish Muslims who are eager to return to their congregations in the holiest of months, Ramadan.

Islamic prayers are performed by sometimes hundreds of Muslims packed into mosques standing shoulder to shoulder, normally making it impossible to socially distance.

The German government made the dscision to send congrigations back to their houses of worship last week.

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