The Saudi government has announced that Hajj, Umrah, and other pilgrimage activities will remain suspended until further orders. The decision has been made to ensure the safety of pilgrims and locals against the novel coronavirus.
This was announced by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in a Twitter post on Thursday.
The ministry said that the situation created by the corona pandemic is being periodically reviewed and if the situation improves, a positive decision can be made.
As the virus has weakened in the kingdom, routine life has started to return to normal as Friday prayer gatherings have been allowed in cities besides Makkah.
According to Saudi Interior Ministry, all mosques in Makkah will reopen for the public from June 21 and congregational prayers will be allowed under strict safety guidelines. However, prayers will be offered in the Grand Mosque under the existing rules.
The ministry has also announced to relax virus restrictions in other countries including Makkah, starting May 31.