Grand Mosque capacity to be raised for Umrah pilgrims, worshipers during Ramadan amid COVID-19 measures

The pilgrims and worshipers will be allowed to enter the Grand Mosques strictly in compliance with the precautionary measures and preventive protocols to stem the spread of coronavirus

  
Muslims, maintaining social distances perform Friday prayers in the Grand Mosque, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, February 26, 2021. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Muslims, maintaining social distances perform Friday prayers in the Grand Mosque, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, February 26, 2021. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

MAKKAH During the holy month of Ramadan, the capacity of the Grand Mosque will be raised in order to accommodate 50,000 vaccinated Umrah pilgrims and 100,000 worshipers during the holy month of Ramadan, an official source at the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques said on Tuesday.

The source stated that this decision is based on the leadership’s keenness on the health and safety of all those who are visiting the Grand Mosque during the blessed month. The pilgrims and worshipers will be allowed to enter the Grand Mosques strictly in compliance with the precautionary measures and preventive protocols to stem the spread of coronavirus.

The source said that the permits will be issued for immunized persons as shown in the Tawakkalna application, including those who have spent 14 days after getting their first dose of the vaccine, or those who have recovered from coronavirus.

It is worthy to note that the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said on Monday that procedures for getting permits for Umrah as well as for prayers and visits to the Two Holy Mosques must be completed through the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna applications by reserving the available time slot and that is in line with the possible operational capacity in compliance with the precautionary measures.

Showing the permits and verifying their validity will be through the Tawakkalna application directly from the account of the permit holder in the application.

The ministry source urged all the faithful to get permits issued only through the approved Eatmarna and Tawakkalna applications and warned against relying on fake websites and campaigns.

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