RIYADH: Anadolu Agency quoting the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that as of Sunday, Saudi Arabia re-opened the Muslim holy sites for the Umrah pilgrimage. The Grand Mosque will be ready to receive pilgrims and worshipers for Umrah.
Pilgrims will be received in accordance with the necessary precautionary measures that will ensure the safety of visitors to the Grand Mosque. The Saudi authorities have limited the Hajj pilgrimage to 10,000 Muslims due to the pandemic last year.
Umrah pilgrimage was reopened in October 2020 after a six-month hiatus. Due to the pandemic, however, only the Saudis and foreign residents of the kingdom were allowed to perform the ritual at the Grand Mosque at a 30 per cent capacity or 6,000 people per day. –Bernama
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