Statement from Memphis Islamic Center
MIC Reopening Plan & Guidelines
As mentioned in the statement released last night from the Muslim community (see here), our masjids will start a partial and gradual reopening. MIC will implement the following schedule over the next two weeks and start its limited reopening effective tonight February 1st at Isha (8PM):

2/1 - 2/5: Isha Congregational Prayers Only (No Jummah or Fajr Prayers)
2/6: Fajr Added with Isha Congregational Prayers
2/12: Jummah Added with Fajr, & Isha Congregational Prayers

Please check the MIC website for the latest prayer times. Jummah will have two timings 12:30PM and 1:30PM when it returns on Friday February 12th. There is no jummah this Friday February 5th.

All requirements and precautions for all prayers that were in place before the temporary closure will still be expected from the community. Please review those guidelines below.

If you have any questions you'd like addressed please send questions to director@memphisislamiccenter.org and we will try our best to address them.
Disclaimer: The panel of infectious disease experts who have been advising us throughout this process continue to advise caution and recommend that we avoid praying congregational prayers at the masjid. However, they have provided us with guidance and recommendations on how to reduce the risk to our community if we decided to reopen. Our religious leadership has also advised that you are not obligated to attend congregational prayers at the masjid and still highly encourage our community to continue to pray at home. Please take this into account before deciding to attend.

We will continue to closely monitor case numbers from Shelby County and the State of Tennessee and seek advice from our local Infectious Disease experts and COVID Task Force and we may consider delaying each phase or shutting down again. Our priority remains first and foremost the safety of every member in our community. Therefore, we have created guidelines and compliance with the guidelines is a must and will be enforced strictly. Failure to do so will result in removal and potential closing of the masjid.

Please read the guidelines and recommendations below carefully. All community members are expected to abide by the following requirements in order to enter the building:

Mandatory Requirements
- Open to Public with Limited Capacity (Max 75 Indoors/45 Outdoors Overflow Area)

- Isha Prayers Only from 2/1-2/5, Fajr & Isha Prayers Starting 2/6, & Jummah Prayers will return 2/12. Jummah will be at 1230PM & 130PM and daily prayer times for Isha and Fajr can be found on MIC Website.

- All prayers will be held indoors by default. Prayers may be moved to the outside gazebo if weather permits.

- Must check-in for temperature screening at Jummah.

- Wearing masks is required at all times. All attendees must bring their own facemasks and wear them correctly covering nose and mouth.

- Maintain social distancing 6 feet apart during prayers. Prayer spaces will be clearly marked. Each person is required to occupy an available spot and may not switch.

- Attendees must bring their own prayer mats

- Prayers only. No congregation before and/or after each prayer. Everyone must leave as soon as prayer is complete. Avoid handshakes and/or hugs.

- Must check in at screening table before entering gazebo to ensure compliance and check body temperature.

- Bathrooms and water fountains will remain CLOSED. Attendees must come with wudhu and bring their own water bottles.

Recommendations
- Children under the age of 14, adults older than the age of 65, and immune compromised individuals are requested to avoid attending during this phase.

- Jummah prayer will be accessible only to those whom it is obligatory upon

- Any person who has been ill with cold like symptoms (coughing, shortness of breath, or fever) within the last 2 weeks or has been in contact with ill or confirmed COVID-19 positive individuals must refrain from attending.

- Any person who has traveled in the past 14 days must refrain from attending.

- Any person who is a frontline healthcare worker must refrain from attending.

- Any person who attends a prayer and subsequently tests positive for COVID-19 must inform the masjid immediately.

- Please exercise caution in your decision to attend prayers at the Masjid, it is not obligatory upon you to attend.

We are hopeful in taking this step towards reopening the masjid with limited capacity and look forward to seeing the community again. Jazakum Allahu Khairan for your understanding and support. May Allah SWT protect us all. 

Acknowledgement of Risk
By attending you acknowledge the following: I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending events at the Memphis Islamic Center and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at MIC may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, MIC employees, volunteers, and program participants and their families. I waive, release, absolve, and agree to hold harmless the Memphis Islamic Center and/or their employees, volunteers, and program participants and their families from any claims that might arise from any risks and exposure of COVID-19.

Please reach out to masjid leadership should you have any questions at info@memphisislamiccenter.org

Sincerely,
Memphis Islamic Center
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