01 June 2020 – Prayers in Mosques limited to 12 people, congregations suspended

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Ethnic and Minority Affairs
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Gatherings, businesses, and services
Level of Jurisdiction: State (Selangor)
Lead People/Agency: Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah

Overview: Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah decrees that daily congregational and Friday prayers in mosques in the state will remain suspended. However, the 39 selected mosques that were allowed to hold congregational prayers with not more than 12 people, beginning mid-May, will be allowed to continue. The 12 people allowed to attend the prayers in these mosques consist of the mosque officials and committee members only.
Full details here: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/06/01/selangor-sultan-decrees-daily-congregational-friday-prayers-at-mosques-in-the-state-will-remain-suspended

Type of Justification: Perception of an increased threat, Advice from the state Islamic jurist and Islamic religious department known as Jais
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – other
Evidence/Justification: The decision was based on the views and advice of the Selangor Mufti and Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais). The decision had to be made to ensure the spread of the dangerous Covid-19 epidemic can be contained and controlled