Mosques in Pendle and Burnley have announced they will be suspending all prayer activities.

The announcement was made ahead of the Friday prayers which is attended by hundreds of Muslims across the region.

Yesterday a joint statement from the Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM) and local councils called for prayers to be suspended in all mosques to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

In the North West a growing number of mosques have suspended prayers completely whilst others have taken the step of urging anyone (of any age) who has symptoms (constant cough or temperature) to not come to the mosque at all.  

The statement by the United Council of Mosques Pendle and the Lancashire Council of Mosques reads, "In light of government advice, medical guidelines regarding Covid-19 and the aim of protecting the objectives of the Shariah it is with great sadness and a heavy heart we have to bring you the news that all activities throughout mosques across Burnley and Pendle have been suspended with immediate effect for all members of the community until further notice.

"This includes all daily congregational prayers, Jumu'ah prayer, gatherings and classes for children and adults."

The following mosques have committed to suspending prayers and gatherings.

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