Mecca: Saudi Arabia reopens Mecca for Umrah pilgrimage as coronavirus restrictions are at ease after several months. After the lockdowns and curfews, the nation is at ease and the Saudi government decided allow a maximum of 6,000 pilgrims a day to enter the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
Only the citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia will be permitted to enter the mosque during this first phase of reopening. Each worshipper has to complete the pilgrimage within three hours.
A health worker will accompany each group of 20 or 25 pilgrims. From the second stage starting in October 18, onwards the number of pilgrims will be increased to 15,000 per day. From November 1, the third stage will start and pilgrims from abroad will be permitted and capacity will be raised to 60,000.