Social distancing re-imposed at Ka’batullah, Prophet’s Mosque

Social distancing re-imposed at Ka’batullah, Prophet’s Mosque

Social distancing will be applied between worshipers, redistribution of carpets, and distribution of pilgrims on virtual circumambulation paths

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday announced the re-imposition of social distancing at the two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah, starting from 7 am on Thursday, 26 Jumada Al Ula 1443, amid a significant rise in COVID-19 cases worldwide, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Social distancing will be applied between worshipers, redistribution of carpets, and distribution of pilgrims on virtual circumambulation paths, in order to achieve the application of precautionary measures in order to preserve the health and safety of the pilgrims.

Earlier on Wednesday, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that all citizens must wear masks at all times and maintain social distance to limit the spread of the new COVID-19 variant— Omicron, effective from Thursday, December 30, 2021.

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“We have directed the reimposition for the public to wear masks and apply social distancing measures in all places (closed and open), activities and events,” the ministry adds.

Those who do not abide by the regulations will face charges, the ministry said. It also urged the public to ensure they are vaccinated against the virus.

Saudi Arabia’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 are rapidly increasing due to the omicron variant, with infections more than doubling in a week.

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