Saudi Arabia to resume Sunday second phase of Umrah

The second phase of Umrah will resume tomorrow, Sunday, October 18 2020, with 220,000 pilgrims allowed to perform rituals and 560,000 worshippers performing daily obligatory prayers in the Grand Mosque.

The 14-day second phase will allow citizens and residents inside the Kingdom to perform Umrah in the Grand Mosque, at a 75% capacity (15,000 pilgrims and 40,000 worshippers per day).

The operations at the Grand Mosque will be held amid strict social distancing measures aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Umrah pilgrimages were suspended on March 1 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic but last month the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah agreed to a phased return of Umrah operations starting on Oct. 4.