As-salāmu ʿalaykum wa-raḥmatu llāhi wa-barakātuhu,

The LMM continues to closely monitor the situation with COVID-19 as it evolves. With respect to the activities of the LMM, we remain aligned with the directives received from our local health unit and government bodies. We will continue to communicate with our community and provide updates as they become available.

For the time being, Friday prayers are scheduled to proceed with shortened khutbahs. Daily prayers will also be offered as planned. As a precautionary measure, we are also encouraging community members to bring their own prayer rugs. For Friday prayer times, please click here

Today, the Ontario government announced that all public schools in Ontario are going to be closed for a two week period after March break. In accordance with this directive, the London Islamic School will be open for a regular school day tomorrow, Friday, March 13 and then remain closed from March 14 through to April 5, 2020, reopening Monday, April 6th. 

The Quran Hifth Program and Weekend London Islamic School will also be postponing classes in accordance with this directive.

Additionally, we recommend that all community members continue to take the following precautions:

• If you are immunocompromised and/or at high risk, please use your best judgment when attending any public gathering.
• Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer, especially after coughing or sneezing.
• Cough and sneeze into arm or tissue.
• Stay home when sick, this includes students from school and community members from the mosque – cold and flu-like symptoms (even if mild).
• Clean and disinfect surfaces that are used often and shared by others.
• Do not share eating or drinking utensils.
• Refrain from shaking hands, hugging and kissing.

We would like to reiterate that at this time, the level of risk for residents of London and Middlesex County remains low - the LMM’s response will continue to be assessed day-to-day and we will provide updates and notice of changes. For more information please visit: https://www.healthunit.com/news/novel-coronavirus.

May Allah cure all those affected and safe guard humanity.