King Salman bin Abdulaziz has given the approval of opening of Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia from Sunday, May 31. This is part of the plan of the government to ease coronavirus restrictions and re-open the Kingdom.
The plan to reopen the Prophet’s Mosque under strict precautionary measures has been completed by the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques. Congregation will be limited to 40% of the mosque’s capacity at a time.
From Fajr prayers on Sunday morning, Shawwal 8 worshippers will be permitted to enter the mosque. From the courtyard prayer rugs that are spread will be removed.
Furthermore, COVID-19 safety guidelines were issued by the authority for praying in the mosques. Worshippers must wear face masks, practice social distancing while praying with others in congregational prayers and it is essential that worshippers bring their own prayer mats to pray on.
The details of this phased plan were announced by the Kingdom to ease coronavirus restrictions and steadily restore “normal” conditions.
It has started the first phase on Thursday by reducing curfew and permitting for some economic activities to resume operations.
The second phase will begin on Sunday. It will include a reduction in curfew hours and permitting Friday prayers and all congregational daily prayers in all mosques across the Kingdom, except in Mecca.