Coronavirus and Mecca

Coronavirus and Mecca


Coronavirus pandemic caused Islam's holiest site Mecca to be completely deserted for the first time in millennia.


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On March 2, 2020, Saudi Arabia confirmed that COVID-19 had spread to its territory.

On 27 February 2020, Saudi Arabia announced temporary suspension of entry for individuals wanting to perform the Umrah pilgrimage in Great Mosque of Mecca or to visit the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, as well as tourists. The rule was also extended to visitors traveling from countries where SARS-CoV-2 posed a risk.

On 5 March, Saudi Arabia announced further precaution steps regarding the Great Mosque of Mecca and the Prophet's Mosque, which include a temporary daily closure of the Great Mosque for sterilization purposes.

On 19 March, Saudi Arabia suspended the holding of daily prayers and the weekly Friday prayers inside and outside the walls of the two mosques in Mecca and Medina to limit the spread of coronavirus.

On 20 March, Saudi Arabia suspended entry and prayers to the general public at the two Holy Mosques in Mecca and Medina to limit the spread of the coronavirus.


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