Social Distancing

At the time of writing, England has just entered its second COVID-19 lockdown. To the deep dismay of Muslim religious leaders, this lockdown has included the closure of places of worship, as was the case with the first lockdown. In response, over 500 mosques under the leadership of the prominent national council of Muslim scholars “Wifaqul Ulama” have signed a letter addressed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson requesting that congregational prayers in mosques are allowed to continue during the lockdown.1 This development epitomizes the whirlwind of developments that have unfolded in the UK since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has subsequently instigated an intensely animated debate among British Muslim religious leaders about the contentious and sensitive topic of mosque closure, The stakes were, therefore, high for British Muslim religious leaders considering mosque closure, facing the stark dilemma of compromising the sacrosanct status of the mosque and congregational worship in Islam or putting the lives of British Muslims in their hundreds of thousands at risk.

COVID-19 Privacy Policy

Collection of Personal Data

For the health and safety of the customers and staff at the Mosque, we are recording the name and contact details of everyone who enters to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect. This information will be used to enable NHS Scotland to contact you should you have been in the premises around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Contacting people who might have been exposed to the virus is an important step in stopping the spread.

Reasons for data collection

As stated above, the purpose for which we are processing your personal data is to assist with NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect strategy in relation to the coronavirus public health epidemic. This will involve the gathering and, when necessary, the sharing of information as the responsible body for Test and Protect. Your data will not be used for any other purpose.

In order to assist in the containment of the virus, we will only share your data when it is requested directly by NHS Scotland. This will only be in the unlikely event there is a cluster of coronavirus cases linked to the Mosque. Information will be transferred securely to NHS National Services Scotland who will use the data to contact trace those who were in the Mosque at the same time as the positive case, and will provide guidance and support to those who may be advised to self-isolate.

Type of data collected

Along with the date and time of your arrival and departure, we will collect the following personal data if:

  • your full name
  • contact telephone number
  • an email address

No health information will be requested or stored