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Faithfuls return to Makkah mosques for Friday prayers

Mosques in Makkah remained closed for congressional prayers even as mosques in other areas of Saudi Arabia opened on May 31

Saturday June 27, 2020 10:16 AM, ummid.com News Network

Makkah Friday Prayers

[Mosques in Makkah remained closed for congressional prayers even as mosques in other areas of Saudi Arabia opened on May 31.]

Makkah: Worshippers performed Friday prayers in mosques in Makkah for the first time on Friday since a coronavirus curfew was completely lifted in Saudi Arabia earlier this week.

Mosques in the holy city opened 20 minutes before the call to prayer and closed 20 minutes after the prayer had ended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to Arab News.

Worshippers were required to keep a distance of two meters from each other whilst praying, bring their own prayer mats and wear masks.

Ablution areas and toilets in mosques remain closed and children are not allowed to attend as part of preventive measures.

Mosques in Makkah remained closed for congressional prayers even as mosques in other areas of Saudi Arabia opened on May 31.

Saudi Arabia had suspended congressional prayers and imposed curfew in Makkah, Madinah and other cities of the Kingdom in March following the outbreak of novel Coronavirus disease (Covid-19). The Kinhdom lifted the curfew on June 21.

Saudi Arabia has so far reported a total of 170,639 coronavirus positive cases including 117,882 recoveries and 1,428 deaths.

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