RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has announced to reopen the Masjid al-Haram and Masjid al-Nabawi for the worshippers from 8th Ramzan.
The Saudi government also issued precautionary measures to reopen the two holy mosques, under which those who come to the two holy mosques must bring their prayer mat with them. It is also restricted to use copies of the Holy Quran kept in the mosque.
Worshippers have been instructed to keep a distance while the washrooms of both mosques will be kept closed. The notification further stated that it is obligatory for those who come for prayers to wear masks.
The authorities have made use of sanitizers mandatory before entering the mosques. Sanitizers will be placed outside the Masjid al-Haram and Masjid al-Nabawi by the government.
Moreover, Saudi retail stores and shopping malls had reopened their doors to the public with a strict set of rules in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease outbreak. Children under the age of 15 will not be allowed entry, while the elderly and people with chronic illnesses such as heart, lung and kidney diseases, and immunity-related conditions are being advised to stay at home.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has recorded 1,325 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number to 21,402. Five new deaths were reported, raising the toll to 157.