Saudi Arabia Tightens COVID-19 Measures in Mecca Again

Saudi Arabia enforced social isolation measures at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca on Thursday, following the highest number of COVID-19 infections in months.

Workers have restored floor markings that were removed on October 17 to help people maintain social distance in and around the Grand Mosque, which is built around the Kaaba.

The Kingdom’s authorities have stated that “social distancing requirements between worshippers and pilgrims” will be reinstated at the Grand Mosque, without specifying whether a capacity has been established.

Saudi Arabia reported an increase in COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, with 744 new cases recorded in the country, as authorities encourage the use of masks in public places as of Thursday.

In response to an increase in mask-wearing in public places, including outdoor events, the Kingdom has reinforced the use of masks.

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