The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has announced that wearing masks and maintaining social distancing will be mandatory at the Haram in Makkah and Masjid-un-Nabawi Madinah.
The regulation comes into effect from Thursday.
In a statement, the Presidency said it was necessary to reinstate the social distancing and mask regulations to safeguard the health and ensure safety of the pilgrims.
“In addition to adhering to the timing for the entry on the basis of the stipulated time mentioned in the Umrah and prayer permits issued by Eatmarna and Tawakkalna applications, and complying with the instructions issued by the authorities at the Two Holy Mosques.”
The Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry on Wednesday also announced the wearing of masks and social distancing is compulsory, in a new move to stem the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.