HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · The worshippers stacked within the prayer premises of the Grand Mosque on Sunday as the social distancing markings were eliminated for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic
  • · The mosque authorities have stated that those intending to enter the mosque premises must follow Covid guards such as face masks
  • · In August, Saudi Arabia stated that it would start accepting fully vaccinating foreign guests coming for the Umrah pilgrimage

On Sunday, the Grand Mosque at Mecca operated at absolute capacity, eliminating its Covid norms. The worshippers stacked within the prayer premises as the social distancing markings were eliminated for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

Press sources from Saudi have stated, “This is in line with the decision to ease precautionary measures and to allow pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque at full capacity.” However, the mosque authorities have said that those intending to enter the premises of the mosque should be completely vaccinated and should maintain their essential Covid guards which include face masks.

In August, Saudi Arabia stated that it would start accepting fully vaccinating foreign guests coming for the Umrah pilgrimage. The Umrah pilgrimage, like the Hajj, attracts a significant number of pilgrims from all across the globe every year. Approximately 60,000 vaccinated Hajj pilgrims participated in the program in July.

The pandemic subsided the income level of the Muslim pilgrimages, which at usual times, made an income of $12 billion annually. The Saudi administration on Sunday has further announced that sports enthusiasts will be allowed to avail the sports stadiums and other facilities, in light of the fact that Covid norms were on the brink of gradually getting eased. A total number of 547,000 coronavirus cases and 8,760 deaths were recorded in Saudi Arabia.

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