US Mosques Re-open Gradually After COVID-19 Shutdowns

Some of the most important sites in Islam have reopened two months after the coronavirus pandemic forced them to shut, allowing worshippers to return under strict guidelines.

Muslim Center of Greater Princeton (MCGP), a community mosque located in Princeton, NJ, which is known for its robust and diverse community, opened its doors on Monday.

Though the threat of the coronavirus still remains, MCGP is easing restrictions in a gradual way after weeks of lockdown, opening up their place of worship to limited numbers of worshippers and visitors.

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MCGP is actively involved in youth programs, educating and empowering Muslim women, and being a safe haven for new Muslim converts.

“We are slowly re-opening with adherence to state and CDC guidelines, which includes wearing masks, adhering to social distancing, and bringing your own prayer rugs, etc,” Adeyinka Mendes, the Resident Scholar and Imam at the (MCGP), told AboutIslam.net.

“I’ve always wanted us to pray outdoors regularly. I’ve always wanted us to observe Ramadan with zero waste. Also to have so many other experiences that connect us to Earth and reduce the damage we do to her.

“Sadly, these didn’t happen until this pandemic. May God keep us steadfast and upright in easy and difficult times through His Beautiful Names,” imam Mendes added.

US Mosques Re-open Gradually After COVID-19 Shutdowns - About Islam

New Restrictions

On June 8th, MCGP opened its doors with the following restrictions:

  • Mask must be worn at all times
  • Temperature checked
  • Social distancing of 6 feet
  • Attendees must arrive with wudhu
  • No children under 16 or adults above 70
  • No more than 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors
Muslim Unity Center Reopening Guidelines

Muslim Unity Center Reopening Guidelines

Posted by The Muslim Unity Center on Monday, 8 June 2020

US Mosques Slowly Reopen

The Muslim Unity Center in Bloomfield Hills, MI decided to carefully reopen for Fajr and Isha prayer services on Moday, June 8.

The mosque instructed attendees to arrive 20 minutes prior to the Iqamah to register and check their temperature.

US Mosques Re-open Gradually After COVID-19 Shutdowns - About Islam

In addition to these guidelines, participants are expected to wear a mask, bring their own rug, stay six feet apart. They are also asked to make their wudhu at home. 

US Mosques Re-open Gradually After COVID-19 Shutdowns - About Islam

After months of staying closed, the Islamic Association of West Virginia reopened its mosque for prayer and worship. The move comes after putting in place several guidelines to keep members safe and healthy.

They community mosque asked visitors to stay six-feet a part and bring their own prayer mat and mask. 

About Sabria Mills
Sabria Mills is the Co-founder and Executive Director of MACE - Muslims Advocates of Children with Exceptionalities. She is an Educational Leader and Social Advocate, who partners with educators, community leaders, and activists to advocate for inclusive spaces for people of all abilities. After spending nearly a decade working in education and addressing the needs of non-profit organizations, Sabria knows what truly drives social reform, equality, and education—and it’s not mastering the social advocacy flavor of the week. It’s how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them.