Saudi Arabia has announced its decision to start allowing pilgrims to perform Umrah in gradual stages.
Recall that the Kingdom which accommodates millions of Muslims from every part of the world every year, had in February, suspended the Umrah due to the fear of Coronavirus and later in June decided to allow very limited numbers of pilgrims who already reside in Saudi Arabia.
The Ministry of Interior on Tuesday said its recent decision was made after assessing the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic and in response to the “aspirations of Muslims home and abroad” to perform the ritual.
The Ministry explained that in the first stage, “6,000 citizens and residents within the kingdom will be allowed to perform the Umrah per day from October 4.”
It added that visitors from outside the kingdom will be permitted from 1 November, when Umrah’s capacity will be raised to 20,000 pilgrims per day.
The Ministry of Interior further urged all pilgrims attending the holy sites to adhere to the preventive measures, wear face masks and maintain social distancing.