According to the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, this measure is part of the precautionary health measures, after the spread of the Corona virus.
The agency stated that the two holy mosques witness extensive cleaning and sterilization during non-prayer times, and the courtyard around the Holy Kaaba will be closed, and the endeavor between Safa and Marwah throughout the period of suspension of Umrah, and the prayer will be inside the mosque only, to prevent the spread of infection with the new Corona virus.
The decision to temporarily suspend Umrah includes citizens and residents, all residents of the city of Makkah Al-Mukarramah, where the forbidden will not be allowed to enter the Sacred Mosque and the surrounding squares, as described by SPA, and procedures include not to allow i’tikaaf and bedding, or the introduction of food and beverages, and the Zamzam water strips will be closed.
According to precautionary measures, the old mosque in the Noble Sanctuary, including the honorable kindergarten, will be closed, and the Baqi cemetery closed.
The Saudi authorities began sterilizing the Holy Mosque in Makkah, after evacuating it from worshipers, in an unprecedented step, as part of precautionary health measures to prevent the spread of the Corona virus.