Mosque Management COVID-19 Guidance: Omicron Advise / Plan B Measures
From the 10th December 2021, new COVID measures will be in place as part of the UK Government’s Plan B strategy to tackle the Omicron Variant.
From the 10th December 2021, Face masks will become compulsory in Places of Worship, and from the 13th December 2021, NHS Covid Pass will need to be shown in any venue with more than 500 people (Jummah, events and busy prayer times).
This guidance is part of the wider COVID-19 guidance developed by Faith Associates, together with UK Council of Mosques, that has been provided regularly for over 18 months throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
This guidance is providing advise and measures for the leadership of Mosques and Islamic Centres to follow based on guidance released by the Government.
It is important to note that this guidance may be subject to change if the ground reality on infection and hospitalisation rates change.
UK Mosque Mobolisation Directory – Mosque Vaccine Hubs
Post Updated on 21/1/2021
We have seen many innovative ways in which Mosque staff, volunteers and leaders have supporting those in need so it is therefore very important for the public to know what help is available to them in these troubled times.
During the 1st and 2nd lockdown periods in 2020 and now during the 3rd Lockdown at the start of 2021, many Mosques have been doing more to help those around them and we would to collate this information so that we can continue to provide essential support to our Mosques and communities.
Imams Campaign Combating Vaccine Misinformation
Post Updated on 17/1/2021
Imams in mosques across the UK will deliver sermons at Friday prayers this week seeking to reassure worshippers about the safety and legitimacy of Covid-19 vaccinations and reminding them of the Islamic injunction to save lives.
Imams will say that the vaccines are halal – permissible in Islam – and there should be no hesitation in taking them. They will urge worshippers to dismiss rumours, myths and “fake news” about the jabs and say: “It is our ethical duty to protect ourselves and others from harm.”
The initiative comes from Imams Online senior editor, Imam Qari Asim through MINAB, and endorsed and supported by Imams Online.
Mosque COVID-19 Risk Assessment Checklist Support 2021
Post Updated on 17/1/2021
Faith Associates as part of its Mosque COVID-19 Risk Assessment training and support, have produced a Mosque Risk Assessment – Review Policy Checklist for Mosques following the announcement of the 3rd National Lockdown and new COVID variant. The Risk Assessment Checklist has been downloaded by Institutions across the UK.
In light of rising cases and deaths across the UK, The Government placed the nation into a national lockdown on the 3rd January 2021. However, Places of Worship were allowed to remain open, as long as they followed Government guidelines.
A major reason behind the rising cases, has been the UK mutant strain, that was found to be as much as 70% more infectious. The emergence of this new strain, has led to the development of the new Mosque Review Checklist, ensuring Mosques re-assess the key functions of the institution and ensure they are safe and secure centres.
Tier 4 Restrictions – Mosque and Madrassah Management Guidance
Updated new guidance on Tier 4 restrictions across much of the UK
Post Updated on 21/12/2020
Winter Plan – Mosque and Madrassah Management Guidance Post Lockdown
Updated new guidance from Faith Associates
Post Updated on 23/11/2020
2nd Lockdown – Mosque and Madrassah Management
Updated new guidance from Faith Associates
Post Updated on 04/11/2020
Mosque and Madrassah Guidance Webinars
In partnership with Lancashire Council of Mosques
Post Updated on 04/11/2020
NEW Lockdown Announced – ALL Places of Worship Closed
Post Updated on 01/11/2020
New restrictions dictate that Places of Worship will be closed, unless they are being used for:
- To broadcast acts of worship
- Individual prayer
- Formal childcare or where part of a school
- Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
- Other exempted activities such as some support groups
How To Manage A COVID-19 Outbreak in Madrassah / OOSS
Post Updated on 13/10/2020
This guidance image of what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your Madrassah / Out of School Settings (OOSS) has been developed in conjunction with the Faith Associates Mosque and Madrassah Risk Assessments.
As Mosques, Madrassahs and OOSS are now open across the UK, there has been situations which have occurred where some worshippers and individuals have unfortunately tested positive COVID-19 and the Mosque & Madrassah leaders have had to react quickly and follow the correct steps. This guidance image provides the steps required of the Management of the Madrassah on how to respond to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Three Tier Lockdown in Place Across the UK
Post Updated on 13/10/2020
How to ensure Mosques remain “COVID Secure” Venues
Post Updated on 20/09/2020
Places of Worship Including Mosques Remain Open As Usual Following New Government Guidance
Post Updated on 09/09/2020
Confirmed: Places of worship including Mosques and Islamic Centres are not impacted by new #COVID19 announcement on gatherings, they will remain open and function as normal.
“worship is the work of god, not a social gathering, and gives the strength to love and serve”. https://t.co/py3UTVOP1X
— Beacon Mosque (@BeaconMosque) September 9, 2020
🔈Places of Worship Update:
Places of worship remain open for communal prayer and services for above 6 people, with existing Covid-19 secure requirements continuing to apply.
Weddings, wedding receptions, funerals and religious “life-cycle events” remain limited to 30 people.
— Robert Jenrick (@RobertJenrick) September 9, 2020
Providing Madrassah Risk Assessment Training with Bradford Council for Mosques
Post Updated on 01/09/2020
Positive COVID-19 test – Mosque Action Checklist
Post Updated on 07/08/2020
Eid in the Mosque or Park Guidance and Support
Post Updated on 28/07/2020
🚨Planning EID in the Mosque or in a park this Friday – Safety guidance and support Webinar for Mosques
Watch full webinar here: https://t.co/SSNU5VYVfE
— Faith Associates (@FaithAssociates) July 29, 2020
Mosque Jummah / Friday Prayers Guidance & Support
Post Updated on 14/07/2020
Government Out of Schools Settings Guidance and Advice – Madrassah.co.uk
Post Updated on 03/07/2020
– Risk Assessment
– Indoor provision
– Considering group sizes
– PPE + More
— Faith Associates (@FaithAssociates) July 3, 2020
We are communicating and working with parents and teachers in our Madrassah network following the below Government guidlines. https://t.co/z6AOgdsjP6
— Madrassah (@NAMadrassah) July 3, 2020
Faith Associates providing Risk Assessment training to Mosques in Bristol, Blackburn, London, Gloucester, Huddersfield as Mosques re-open on 4th July 2020
Post Updated on 23/06/2020
Faith Associates partnership with Bradford Council of Mosques Providing Risk Assessments to over 100+ Mosques
Post Updated on 19/06/2020
Faith Associates in official partnership with Bradford Council for Mosques are Risk Assessing over 100 Mosques in the city in preparation for the re-opening of places of worship for congregational prayer.
There are currently Risk Assessment trainers visiting various Mosques daily in the Bradford area ensuring they are safe to re-open once Government guidance allows in light of the new COVID-19 requirements.
🚨Faith Associates in partnership with Bradford @Council4Mosques are providing #COVID19 Risk Assessment training/support to over 100 Islamic Institutions. @askzulfi @BeaconMosque https://t.co/YSbvqqjz8r
— Faith Associates (@FaithAssociates) June 18, 2020
Risk Assessment Services for Mosques and Track & Trace APP Guidance/Advice
Post Updated on 30/06/2020
Faith Associates is working with a number of partners in developing support for our Mosques and Islamic centres to deal with COIVD-19 pandemic but also deal with the aftermath following the opening after lockdown inshallah.
Risk Assessment V1 – Released on 28th May 2020
Risk Assessment V2 – Released on 8th June 2020
Risk Assessment V2.5 – Released on 15th June 2020
Risk Assessnebt V3.0 – Released on 29th June 2020
Plan To Re-Build: Balancing the Mosques Finances and Fundraising Strategies
Post Updated on 18/05/2020
Whether you are a registered charity or a company, the general function of the Mosque is to provide a service (khidmah) and a place to practice the obligations in Islam Ibadah (worship) to the community. For these services to survive, the Mosque must meet its financial and legal obligations, such as maintain a safe and healthy environment as well cover all costs of water, electricity, gas, rate, and wages, etc.
COVID-19 is already having a massive effect on the economies of every country in the world and when economies are adversary affected, the communities within them will also be affected. Mosques are similarly affected due to their dependence on the community around them.
- – Financial Risk – Template
- – Cash Flow Forecast – Template
- – Income Diversification Tool – Template
Launch of the UK Mosque Directory – Showcasing and updating services provided by Mosques across the country
Post Updated on 11/05/2020
Mosques and Faith institutions across the UK are doing exemplary work providing various services to communities affected by COVID-19. Over 100 Mosque services related to Coronavirus support have already been submitted to the Mosque Directory – available for communities to search and reach out for the help they need.
At a time of great difficulty, having a national directory where people can search for the support they require, and having a list of institutions in their locality to reach out to is very important. There is help available for the people of this country during these troubled times; Mosques have mobilised in a great way and this Mosque Directory is an innovative way to showcase these services.
Ramadan & Eid 2020 – Guidance and Advice for Mosques
Post Updated on 20/05/2020
Mosque Management During COVID19 – National Conference Calls
Post Updated on 19/04/2020
Imams Online Guidance & Advice
Post Updated on 25/03/2020
“My message to my fellow Imams & Mosque leaders would be to have greater use of digital technologies – the doors of the Mosques are shut, but communication is more important than ever”
— Imams Online (@ImamsOnline) March 23, 2020
National Conference Call With National Burial Council on Guidance Related to Burials from COVID-19
Post Updated on 02/04/2020
UK Council of Mosques & Institutions Statements & Work During COVID-19
Post Updated on 15/04/2020
COVID-19: GLMCC Emergency Measures
Following UK government guidance, Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre (GLMCC) has taken the unprecedented move to suspend all congregational services and activities.https://t.co/AJ1TBkuQqe pic.twitter.com/D0l9CJO16S
— Green Lane Masjid (@GreenLaneMasjid) March 17, 2020
Government Advises Against Mass Gatherings – Mosques Closures Escalating
Post Updated on 16/03/2020
Health Secretary, Matt Hancock MP, has stated in Parliament that faith groups and places of worship are part of the national advise to stop mass gatherings – Faith Associates is liaising with our partners in the various UK Council of Mosques to discuss next steps.
“We have seen from elsewhere in the world that sometimes it is through religious gatherings that this virus can spread”
— Faith Associates (@FaithAssociates) March 17, 2020
Faith Associates alongside UK Council of Mosques call for Mosques to go Digital & Optimise their online presence
Poster Updated 18/03/2020
Post Released 13/03/2020
Planning ahead of Ramadan 2020 – Advice and Guidance
Post Updated on 12/03/2020
At present, with Ramadan just over a month away, there has been no confirmed plans on restricting gatherings. However, on the morning of the 9th March 2020, there was a Cobra Meeting that was held to discuss banning gatherings at football matches, events and church halls (that would effect Mosques and other places of worship).
It was confirmed that the decision to ban public gatherings had been delayed and was not taken as the UK currently remain in ‘containment’ phase.
With Ramadan around the corner, it is imperative that Mosques (we are talking and liaising with various council of Mosques in the UK) plan for such a situation and understand how it might work in practice.
The advice regarding fasting should follow similar religious rulings to other type of illnesses. The situation and landscape of COVID-19 is changing everyday, we are likely to have a better understand as Ramadan gets closer – but nothing can be ruled out and Mosque leaders should be alert and aware of this possibility.
Faith Associates and Beacon Mosque have published advice to Mosques and Islamic Centres on practical steps to reduce the risk of Coronavirus.
Post Updated on 3/03/2020
UK Councils of Mosques have come together to support the guidance
Mosques and Imams in our networks across the globe reached out for set guide and visuals to send to congregations and members.
This short guidance recommends incorporating simple precautions into worship services and busy areas, especially during Friday prayers and events.
The situation will be kept under close review and updates will be made accordingly.
Shaukat Warraich, CEO of Faith Associates said; “We pray for those affected by the Coronavirus here and around the world. Fortunately, the virus here in the UK is stable and at present, the risk is ‘moderate’ with precautions and steps in place.
There are some important steps for Mosques and Islamic institutions to take, much of this is mainly hygiene based – washing hands, providing tissues and hand towels, extra cleaning of prayer mats..”
The UK Council of Mosques that are supporting this initiative alongside Faith Associates:
- Lancashire Council for Mosques
- Bradford Council for Mosques
- Rochdale Council for Mosques
- Federation of Muslim Organisations
- West London Mosque Forum
- Tower Hamlets Council of Mosques
- Manchester Council of Mosques
- Minhaj Ul Quran
- National Association of Muslim Police
- Nottingham Council of Mosques
- National Burial Council