Saudi Arabia would slowly be resuming the Umrah pilgrimage for the Muslims from the 4th of October, as informed by the interior ministry. The pilgrimage would be resumed gradually after like a gap of seven months during which it was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Umrah pilgrimage was suspended by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in March. It also scaled the annual Hajj pilgrimage and reduced the count of pilgrims allowed to perform the holy ritual. This step was taken in order to curb the spread of the novel virus at the holiest sites of Islam.
As per the statement issued by the ministry and published by the Saudi Press Agency, in the initial phase six thousand citizens and residents of the Kingdom would be granted permission to perform the Umrah per day starting from the 4th of October.
The ministry further informed that the visitors from outside Saudi Arabia would be allowed from the 1st of November when the capacity of Umrah would be increased to 20,000 pilgrims on a per-day basis.
It also said that the umrah activities would be allowed to resume at full natural capacity once the COVID-19 threat is completely eliminated.