An official source at the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque explained that, according to the precautionary health measures recommended by the competent authorities, and the importance of maintaining the cleanliness of the Two Holy Mosques to prevent the spread of infection, and the need to intensify the cleaning and sterilization work in the Two Holy Mosques in non-prayer times, it was decided The two holy mosques are closed an hour after the evening prayer, and they reopen an hour before dawn. Also, the courtyard around the Holy Kaaba and the endeavor between Al-Safa and Marwah will be closed for the duration of the minor pilgrimage, and prayer will only be inside the mosque.
The decision to temporarily suspend Umrah for citizens and residents includes all residents of the city of Makkah Al-Mukarramah, as the forbidden people will not be permitted to enter the Sacred Mosque and the surrounding squares.
It was also decided not to allow i’tikaaf and bedding, or to enter food and drinks, and Zamzam water stripes will be closed.
The source added that the precautionary measures include the closure of the old mosque in the Noble Sanctuary, including the honorable kindergarten, and the closure of the Baqi cemetery.