Saudi Arabia eases Covid-19 restrictions, opens two Holy Mosques at full capacity

Hajj Pilgrimage at the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque) in Mecca pre-pandemic | Photo: Mustafa Çiftçi

Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia has relaxed the Covid-19 restrictions allowing full capacity entry and removal of social distancing at the two holy mosques.

The pilgrims who visit the Grand Mosque, Masjid al-Haram and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi are required to wear facemasks and prove immunity status with the Tawakkalna app.

The Interior Ministry of Saudi Arabia said on Friday that the ease Covid-19 measures were in response to a significant drop in daily infection rates and the developments in Covid-19 vaccinations.

Authorities have also discounted wearing masks for fully vaccinated individuals at open public spaces while easing other restrictions at closed venues.