Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

Determined to ensure strict compliance of the coronavirus safety protocols by all Kano Jumaat mosques allowed to open on Sallah day, the State Government has promised to deploy the state’s Sharia Police to the places of worship.

The adopted guidelines that have allowed the reopening of the mosques, which have been under lock and key for almost four weeks, according to Commissioner for Information Muhammad Garba, include ensuring wearing of face masks by every worshipper and maintaining of social distancing.

However, even before they are allowed to enter the mosques, worshippers are to use hand sanitisers while the vicinity of the building must be clean.

The Commissioner said as a way of fine tuning the recently extended lockdown of Kano State by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 for another two weeks, the state released the operational guidelines for the controlled easing of the pandemic-induced restriction.

Garba, in a statement, after a lengthy crucial meeting with the lsmamic scholars on Monday night, said government was fully aware of the difficult but necessary hardship people have to pass through which informed the need for controlled enforcement.

He said after series of meetings with key health experts, the Ulama and other stakeholders, the state government adopted some measures that will further bring relief to the populace with the partial lift on the lockdown on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10:00am and 2:00pm with a total relief of 12 hours per week as earlier recommended by the Presidential Task Force.

Garba said Governor Ganduje had directed the state Hisbah Board to hold meetings with Imams and deploy its personnel to Friday (Jumu’at Mosques) across the state to ensure that worshippers comply with personal hygiene through maintaining social distancing, hand washing with soap, use of hand sanitizers and face masks.

The commissioner also said government considered it convenient to allow the conduct of Eid Prayers on the Sallah day in all the five Emirates in the state for which restriction of movement has been lifted from 6:00am to 2:00pm under strict observance of safety and prevention protocols.

Garba explained that there will be no Sallah festivities in all the Emirates, including visits to Gidan Shettima, Hawan Daushe, Hawan Nassarawa and Hawan Dorayi in Kano and all other similar traditional Sallah celebrations in the four other Emirates.
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