MAKKAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has restricted the issuance of Umrah permits to one permit every 10 days.
An official source told Haramain Sharifain, that this measure was taken to control crowds and re-apply the precautionary measures including Social and Physical Distancing during Tawaaf and Prayers in the Mataaf
The Precautionary measures were tightened in the Two Holy Mosques after an increase in COVID-19 cases were reported driven by the Omicron Variant.
Earlier the Ministry had removed all capacity restrictions and visitors could obtain permits without any waiting period.
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