At Reopened Phnom Penh Mosque, Tape on the Floor Marks the Spot to Pray

At Phnom Penh’s Al-Serkal Mosque, the faded paper notice announcing the closure of the mosque due to coronavirus concerns was still affixed to the front door. But despite the sign, the door was reopened to worshippers for the first time in six months on Friday.

More than 400 Muslim faithful sat about a meter apart inside the mosque, with strips of red tape on the carpeted floor marking where praying individuals should sit to ensure a safe distance from others.

About 100 others prayed on the landing of the mosque in Daun Penh district’s Boeng Kak neighborhood, using their own prayer mats, said 60-year-old security guard Sem Ahmad.

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