Asia Today: Indonesians return to mosques, at a distance

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims in parts of Indonesia are attending Friday prayers as mosques closed by the coronavirus for weeks are allowed to start reopening in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. The guidelines for worship facilities change many traditions. Worshippers usually pray shoulder to shoulder, and they huddle, hug and shake hands once the prayer ends, with cheek-to-cheek kisses common. Muslims praying in mosques on Friday were expected to keep their distance from others without shaking hands and heard shorter sermons. No children were allowed to join the prayers, and police and soldiers ensured health protocols such as social distancing and mask wearing were observed.