Tuesday 1st December 2020
Cambridge Central Mosque will resume congregational prayers from Wednesday 2nd December starting with Fajr salah. Jum’a prayers will resume from Friday 4th December, see further details below along with specific guidance relating to Tier 2 restrictions.
General Opening Times
For prayers outside of this period, the Mosque will open 15 minutes before each congregational prayer and close 15 minutes after.
The Islamic Garden will re-open to all, we continue to follow the government guidelines on social distancing.
The Mosque will open for Friday (Jum’a) prayers starting from 4th December. Worshippers will need to register through the online booking system to attend prayers, due to the limited spaces available. Please visit the Prayer Times section of our website (will be updated Wednesday 2nd December) for full details of COVID-19 safety guidelines for worshipers and further clarification regarding the opening periods for daily prayers and Friday (Jum’a) prayer.
We as a community have a responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone around us and to ensure we do everything possible to reduce the spread of the virus. To that end, we respectfully ask everyone to:
• Follow the one-way system in place
• Maintain social distancing at all times
• Wear a face covering unless you are exempt
• Bring a bag for your shoes
• Use your own prayer mat when you are at the mosque
Please kindly note:
• There are no Wudu or toilet facilities on site
• If you are 70 or over, clinically vulnerable or pregnant, you are strongly advised to pray at home
• Children under the age of 12 will not be allowed entry into the mosque
If you have a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or you have lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 please do not attend the Mosque and seek medical advice.
Tier 2 Restrictions
From 2nd December Cambridge City Council will be in Tier 2: High Alert. This means that congregational prayers can continue at places of worship in a COVID-secure manner. Individuals must not mix with anyone who is not part of your household or support bubble when you are indoors. At least one person in your group should provide their contact details or check-in using the official NHS COVID-19 app so NHS Test and Trace can contact you if needed.
You can continue to travel to open venues, or for reasons such as work or education, but you should reduce the number of journeys you make wherever possible. This means that the mosque remains closed for visits and tours until further notice.
Walk or cycle where possible, and plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practise social distancing while you travel. Avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble. See the guidance on car sharing.
If you need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance. You must not travel if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self- isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
Life Cycle Events – Shahadas, Nikah Ceremonies & Janazas
CCM is pleased to be able to hold important services such as Shahadas, Nikahs and Janazas at the mosque once again. At this time, however, only essential aspects of these ceremonies will take place. This means that only the ceremony itself will be permitted and any receptions or gatherings should not take place onsite under any circumstances. The Number of attendees to services are limited, this includes any participants of the service and any witnesses. Face-coverings must be worn at all times within the mosque building unless you are exempt. Social distancing must be adhered to at all times and no food or drink consumption is permitted on site.
You can have up to:
• 15 people for Nikah ceremonies
• 30 people for Janaza prayers
• 15 people for Shahada ceremonies
Please see individual guidance for Shahadahs, Nikahs and Janazahs on our website.
We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for your cooperation during this testing time. Our priority is and always will be the health and safety of all members of our community. Therefore, all existing social distancing and hygiene protocols remain in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We continue to pray for everyone’s safety and wellbeing and urge all members of our community to stay alert even though some restrictions of the lockdown have eased.
CAMBRIDGE CENTRAL MOSQUE COVID-19 SUPPORT
For those in Cambridge who require assistance during the lockdown, Cambridge Central Mosque will continue its Covid-19 Support Service. Please click here for further information.
CAMBRIDGE CENTRAL MOSQUE LIVE STREAMS
Stay connected to the mosque during the temporary closure with our live streams. Listen to the Adhan, Qur’an recitations & lectures as they’re happening on our Live Media page.