LANAO DEL NORTE (May 28, 2020) – To be classified low-risk from Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) Iligan City is opening mosques on June 1, religious group United Imams of the Philippines (UIP) posted on Facebook Thursday.
Inter-Agency Task Force Resolution No. 40 series 2020 declares this province will be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine starting June 1, this year.
In the said post, UIP says in Maranao dialect, “Sabap sa sii sa Iligan city na miya paro a ka openan so mng masjid tano i phoon amai Ka June 1,2020, so baden so mga guidelines na kailangandun a ma-observed…”
(Because Iligan City has welcomed opening of our mosques starting from June 1, 2020, the guidelines [on quarantine rule] shall be observed…)
Post added that Muslims must comply to the quarantine protocols such as wearing of face-mask and the exclusion of vulnerable persons to Covid-19 in mosques whose age 60 year-old above and 20 year-old below.
According to the statement, it said the group asks worshipers to maintain occupying mosque not greater than 50% of volume the same in daily five-times prayers.
In Iligan city, leaders of prayer, the Imams, were able to get into mosques anytime following their exemption from ‘color-coding,’ a barangay clustering system implemented in the city, according UIP’s post. (Deh Saaduddin contributed to this article)