Grand Mosque ready to receive worshippers at full capacity

*Remove social distancing restriction, Face mark no longer mandatory in public gathering


The Grand Mosque in Makkah is ready to receive pilgrims and worshippers at full capacity on Sunday as Saudi Arabia loosens COVID-19 restrictions, an official said.

The Under-Secretary-General for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque, Dr. Saad bin Mohammed Al-Muhaimid, said that a plan has been implemented for the mosque to operate at full capacity whilst ensuring the safety of all.

Al-Muhaimid added that visitors to the holy mosque will still be required to wear face masks and make reservations to perform Umrah and prayers through the Tawakkalna and Eatmarna applications.

Meanwhile, Muslims performed Al-Fajr prayer today at the Grand Mosque amid atmosphere full of faith. The mosque received large numbers of worshipers and Umrah performers after easing COVID-19 precautionary measures, canceling social distancing between worshipers, and allowing the Grand Mosque to operate at full capacity.

Acting Assistant President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Dr. Saad Bin Muhammad Al-Mheimeid affirmed the full readiness to receive all worshipers while operating at full capacity in light of implementing COVID-19 precautionary measures.

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has harnessed all capabilities to operate at full capacity through an integrated system of services provided to visitors of the Grand Mosque.

He stressed the need to follow the instructions of the Ministry of Interior about COVID-19 precautionary measures which state that it is mandatory to wear masks at all time inside the Mosque.

This is in addition to continue obtaining Umrah and prayer permits from “Eatmarna” and “Tawakkalna” apps and following all COVID-19 precautionary measures to ensure everyone’s safety. — SPA

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