Iran to reopen schools and places of worship in low-risk areas

Life Grigory Matyunin 04-May-2020
Pink mosque in Iran, colourful mosque Shiraz
Nasir ol Molk Mosque, Pink mosque Shiraz, Iran © Uskarp | Dreamstime.com

Mosques and schools will reopen in regions of Iran that have been shown to be consistently free of covid-19.

Places of worship and study had been ordered to close in March in an effort to contain the spread of the global covid-19 pandemic. Iran was the hardest-hit country in the Middle East. As a result, many Iranians resorted to such improvisational measures as drive-in prayers for the holy month of Ramadan. According to Iranian TV and social media accounts, Muslim worshippers gathered in car parks to watch prayers broadcasted from a big screen.

Iran’s health ministry has colour-coded the country white, yellow and red based upon infection and death rates. A total of 132 ‘white’ areas will be permitted to reopen mosques from today.

The rate of covid-19 infections appears to be decreasing considerably throughout the country. 47 people are reported to have died over the past 24 hours bringing the total death toll to 6,203. The total number of diagnosed cases officially stands at 97,424.

Inter-city trips have been permitted and shopping centres have been allowed to resume operations despite warnings from some healthcare staff that infections could increase again.

Higher education institutions will remain closed. Cultural and sporting gatherings will still be disallowed for some time. Schools in white areas will reopen from the 16th May.