Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has reintroduced mandatory wearing of face masks and maintaining physical social distancing indoors and outdoors effective from Thursday, in a new move to curb the rapid increase in cases of COVID-19 variants.
The latest decision will come into force from 7:00 am on Thursday, Dec. 30, as reported by the Saudi Press Agency quoting official sources at the Ministry of Interior.
All current procedures and measures are under continuous evaluation by the competent health authorities in the Kingdom for the epidemiological situation locally and globally.
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The General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques has also announced; that face masks and maintaining physical social distancing are mandatory; at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah from 7:00 am on Thursday.
The Presidency decided to re-impose the physical distancing measures among the Umrah pilgrims and worshipers; safeguarding the health and ensuring the safety of the pilgrims.
The Presidency called on all visitors and the workers at the Two Holy Mosques to comply with the preventive measures; and adhere to the time mentioned in the Umrah and prayer permits issued by Eatmarna and Tawakkalna applications.