Saudi Arabia continues gradual resumption of umrah

Second phase begins

Staff Correspondent | Published: 13:09, Oct 18,2020 | Updated: 13:09, Oct 18,2020


Saudi Arabia authorities have begun allowing its citizens and residents to perform umrah rituals at 75 per cent capacity as part of its second phase of gradual resumption of visits, state news agency SPA reported, as published in Arab News.

‘The second stage will allow prayers at the Grand Mosque and at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. People will also be allowed to pray at the Prophet’s Sacred Chamber,’ the report said.

According to the plan by government agencies, the second phase of the resumption of umrah will allow up to 15,000 umrah performers and 40,000 worshipers or about 75 per cent of the capacity considering the health protocols to prevent the transmission of coronavirus.

‘Each group of pilgrims is allocated only three hours to complete the rituals of umrah,’ SPA reported.

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