Saudi Arabia eased restrictions on the virus and the pilgrims returned to Mecca with ease

Thousands of people in white robes in Mecca on Sunday served a few thousand people after Saudi Arabia lifted several months of coronavirus sanctions.

Saudi Arabia eased restrictions on the virus and the pilgrims returned to Mecca with ease

The state took a rare step in early March to suspend millions of years of small "Umrah" pilgrimages from around the world when the coronavirus became a global epidemic and countries were locked down to reduce migration and Curfew was imposed.

But as nations began to ease restrictions, the Saudi government on Sunday began allowing a maximum of 6,000 pilgrims a day to enter the vast mosque in Mecca. During this first phase of reopening, only Saudi citizens and residents will be allowed’ to enter the mosque and each a person has three hours to complete the Hajj.

The Grand Mosque, which is being sterilized and cleaned several times a day, has a cube-shaped Kaaba, which Muslims visit five times a day.

Before visitors can enter the mosque to perform Umrah or perform prayers, they must apply a specific time and date through an online application and are required to avoid crowds and maintain social distance. Visitors can select their means of transportation and meeting point through the app.

State TV showed on Sunday that there were less than 50 people circling the Kaaba at the same time and walking several meters (feet) away. In general, the mosque was filled’ with worshipers from all over the world, day and night, shoulder to shoulder.

The second phase of easing restrictions at the Grand Mosque will take effect on October 18, allowing a maximum of 15,000 pilgrims and 40,000 prayers between residents and citizens based on the time allotted through the app. Is.

The Interior Ministry has said that Muslim travelers from outside Saudi Arabia may be allowed’ to perform Umrah until November 1. Saudi Arabia recently began easing some restrictions on international flights for the first time since March.

In July, the country held a dramatically reduced, symbolic pilgrimage amid fears that it could easily become a global outbreak for the virus. The applicants were selected’ after applying through an online portal and were all residents or citizens of Saudi Arabia. The kingdom hosted an annual event for more than 200,000 pilgrims; with 1,000 people, taking part after the virus was tested’ and imprisoned.

Despite initial and clear steps to control the virus, about 3336,000 cases have been recorded’ in Saudi Arabia, including 4,850 deaths.


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