Second phase of Umrah return to begin on Sunday

By: News Desk      Published: 02:25 PM, 16 Oct, 2020
Second phase of Umrah return to begin on Sunday

The Umrah pilgrimage will open to 250,000 pilgrims from within Saudi Arabia from Sunday.

The move will mark the second phase of the gradual resumption of the pilgrimage, which takes place in Makkah and Madinah, following its temporary closure due to coronavirus. 

Hani Al Omairi, a member of the National Committee for Hajj and Umrah, announced the policy and other changes to the pilgrimage the other day.

Worshippers will be allowed to visit the Rawdah and the old mosque area at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, Al Omairi told newsmen.

More than 600,000 people will also be granted permits to pray at the Grand Mosque.

Pilgrims will need to register for a permit on the Eatmarna application to perform Umrah and visit the Grand Mosque and Rawdah. 

The second phase includes allowing 75% (40,000 worshipers per day) of the absorptive capacity, which takes into account the health precautionary measures for the Grand Mosque and the Holy Rawdah in the Prophet’s Mosque. 

The first phase began on October 4, at a rate of 30% (6,000 pilgrims per day), after the approval was issued to allow the performance of Umrah and the visit gradually, while taking the necessary health precautions. 

On October 4, Saudi Arabia gradually resumed performing Umrah at the Grand Mosque after it had been suspended since last March as part of measures to contain the coronavirus. 

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced four stages of Umrah, the first phase begins with an operational capacity of up to 30%, while the second phase will start on October 18 with 75% of the operational capacity, and on the first of November, the Umrah and visits from inside and outside Saudi Arabia will gradually resume with an operational capacity of up to 100%, and the fourth stage begins as soon as the corona crisis is declared over or the danger has passed.