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Umrah to remain open despite new wave of COVID-19

MAKKAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has shut down rumors regarding suspension of Umrah due to increase in COVID-19.

A Ministry source told Haramain Sharifain that the Ministry has no plans to suspend Umrah and instead it calls on visitors and pilgrims to adhere to the precautionary measures decided by the competent authorities.

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques recently reintroduced Physical and Social Distancing in the Two Holy Mosques after a rise in COVID-19 cases was noted.

“We call on every pilgrim and visitor to adhere to physical distancing and wearing of masks at all times as this will ensure your safety and the safety of others.” The Imam of the Grand Mosque Sheikh Yasir Al Dossary announced before commencing the afternoon prayers.

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