Yesterday, for the first time in a long time, believers were able to collectively pray at the Sacred Mosque of Mecca and the Prophet's Mosque in Medina without maintaining social distance.
Already at morning prayers in two sacred mosques, parishioners stood shoulder in accordance with Islamic tradition, and workers of places of worship cleaned marks from the floor covering that indicated social distance. Muslims still wear medical masks in the main mosques of Mecca and Medina, but otherwise the anti-covid measures are no longer in effect, bbabo.net reports citing ArabNews.
The Department for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques provided a unique air filtration system in the Sacred Mosque of Mecca - air from the roof of the religious building is sucked in by a special pump, then enters the filters, and then into the cooling devices. Filters are cleaned daily. In addition, the air is treated with ultraviolet light before being returned to the Sacred Mosque.
The Saudi Interior Ministry said it remains important for the country to follow the national immunization plan and vaccinate citizens with a booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine.