Makkah’s ‘Mataf’ reopens for non-Umrah worshippers

Makkah’s ‘Mataf’ reopens for non-Umrah worshippers
A photograph taken on March 5, 2020 shows the white-tiled area surrounding the Kaaba, inside Mecca's Grand Mosque. (File/AFP)
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Updated 07 March 2020

Makkah’s ‘Mataf’ reopens for non-Umrah worshippers

Makkah’s ‘Mataf’ reopens for non-Umrah worshippers
  • The decision follows a sterilization operation at the Grand Mosque

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Mataf - area of circulation around Makkah’s Kaaba - reopened for non-Umrah worshippers on Saturday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The General President of the Grand Mosque and Prophet's Mosque Affairs Sheikh Dr. Abdurrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudais stressed the need to adhere to the precautionary procedures and cooperation with all the workers in the Grand Mosque to serve its visitors.
The decision follows a sterilization operation at the Grand Mosque.
Muslims performed Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah for the first time since restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus were announced by Saudi Arabia.