Athens’ Al-Huda Islamic Center reopened for five daily prayers on Friday, June 12 after being closed due to COVID-19. Mohammad Bagaway, who has been at the Islamic Center for 36 years, said that the Friday Maghrib prayer would typically host more than 200 people during the 8:49 p.m. prayer time. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most people are praying at home.
Now, the center typically has two or three people in attendance at a time. The center has enacted restrictions, such as limiting the number of people inside the building to 25 people and restricting access to those ages 15 to 65. In addition, face masks are mandatory, and each person must bring their own personal prayer rug. Tape markings on the floor help enforce social distancing, and people are asked not shake hands or hug.