Mecca, Medina holy Mosques to host pilgrims with full capacity


As Saudi Arabia eases COVID-19 restrictions, the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina will host pilgrims with full capacity as of Sunday.

Worshipers and pilgrims who have received both vaccine doses will now be able to visit the Holy Mosques in Mecca and Medina while wearing a mask and using the Umrah tracking app.

Saudi Arabia will also begin easing other COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday, allowing gatherings and lifting some mask mandates for those who have received both vaccine doses, the interior ministry announced Friday.

Masks in open spaces will no longer be mandatory for fully-vaccinated people, although members of the public must still wear them in closed spaces and areas that are not monitored by the Tawakkalna tracing app, the ministry added in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

Social distancing regulations will also be dropped and public places, transport, restaurants, cinemas, and other gatherings monitored by Tawakkalna will be allowed to operate at full capacity once again for people who have received both vaccine doses.

The equivalent of 67 percent of the population in Saudi Arabia is now vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Our World in Data.

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