Following the news of events, bars, pools and gyms closing across the country, the UAE has announced the suspension of public prayers in all places of worship.
The National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority and General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments confirmed that the the closures will extend from March 15-31.
Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque were the first place of worship to announce their closure on Sunday.
“The Centre would like to announce that the mosque will be temporarily closed for prayers and visits, starting from Sunday 15 March 2020, in order to carry out the disinfection operation of the mosque and its facilities to ensure the wellbeing and safety of Emiratis, residents and visitors,” they wrote. “This comes within the preventative efforts and measures taken by all public institutions and entities across the UAE to counter coronavirus. We would like to thank you for your cooperation.”