Fasting Muslims have been given a set of health guidelines to obey during Ramadan. The Ramadan fasting season started yesterday for Muslims in Sri Lanka (14).
During the month of Ramadan, Muslim families and friends gather to break their fast together, either after sunset during iftar or before dawn, and many Muslims increase their attendance at mosques.
The Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardene has issued a series of guidelines and directed the relevant preventive measures to health authorities including the Chief Epidemiologist, Provincial and Regional Directors of Health Services as well as Medical Officers of Health.
Accordingly, only persons over 18 can go to mosques and attend prayers. Also, the Ministry of Health stated that the distance of one meter should be maintained in the mosque and only about 100 devotees can attend one prayer session.
The full announcement is shown below: