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Albania’s Muslim Community Decided to Reopen Mosques

TIRANA, Albania — Albania's Muslim community has decided to reopen mosques and resume religious activity, with major restrictions.

A statement Monday said Muslims may resume using mosques for prayers while staying there no longer than 10 minutes, not in groups, wearing gloves and maintaining social distancing. The statement says mosques should be disinfected regularly. Children under age 12 and people 65 and older are still being told to avoid mosques.

Muslims have been performing rituals at home during the fasting month of Ramadan, which ends Saturday.

Mosques and churches have been shut down in Albania since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The country has reported 31 deaths from COVID-19 and 948 confirmed cases.

Also on Monday, some 30,000 high school seniors returned to classrooms in Albania.

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