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Parks open but Friday congregations at Jamia, Hazratbal barred again due to Covid-19

While parks and recreational centres remain open despite an ongoing pandemic, the Jammu and Kashmir administration didn’t allow Friday congregational prayers at all the major shrines and mosques of the Kashmir valley.

Reports said masjids including historic Jamia Masjid, Hazratbal and others continued to remain closed for the Friday congregational prayers.

Masjids and shrines especially those falling under the jurisdiction of Wakf board have remained closed for the mandatory Friday congregational prayers for the sixth straight week.

The authorities have barred the people from offering prayers at the major shrines and masjids in wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, reports said but have allowed other activities that entail mass gatherings to function normally.

The government has directed officials to ensure that no gathering comprising more than 25 persons are allowed anywhere across Jammu and Kashmir.

Notably, the Friday prayers were allowed at the historic Jamia Masjid on August 06 after the gap of nearly five months. However, the Masjid was closed again in the next week after a group of people held pro-Azadi protests.

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