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Photos: Over 1,500 mosques in Makkah receive worshipers

Wam, Reuters
Filed on June 21, 2020
Makkah, Mosques, saudi

(Image: Twitter)

Mosques have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitised and measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

About 1,560 mosques in Makkah, both small and large, opened their doors to receive worshipers starting at dawn prayers on Sunday, after a 90-day disruption, due to the precautionary and preventive measures to counter the outbreak of the new coronavirus Covid-19 infection.

Mosques have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitised and measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Doors and windows will remain open during prayers and prayer spaces have been marked to ensure that worshippers maintain a distance of 2 metres from each other.

The curfew will be lifted as of 6am local time on Sunday. Restrictions will remain, however, for religious pilgrimages, international travel and social gatherings of more than 50 people.

The Kingdom introduced stringent measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in March, including 24-hour curfews on most towns and cities.

In May, it announced a three-phase plan to ease restrictions on movement and travel, culminating in the curfew completely ending on June 21.

The number of coronavirus infections has risen in recent weeks following a relaxation of movement and travel restrictions on May 28.

Saudi Arabia plans to limit numbers at the annual Haj pilgrimage to prevent a further outbreak of coronavirus cases, sources familiar with the matter said earlier this month. Saudi Arabia asked worshipers in March to put Haj plans on hold and suspended the Umrah pilgrimage until further notice.


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