The Saudi Arabia government has lifted restrictions on social distance from mosques in Makkah and Madinah.
Masjid al-Haram and Masjid al-Nabawi imams instructed the worshipers to straighten the rows and close the gap. It happens after one and a half year of precautionary measures due to COVID 19. Haramain Sharifain tweet informed the locals regarding new decision.
Major restrictions and precautions have been lifted. However, grand mosques are returning at full capacity.
The first Fajr prayer was offered on Sunday morning without any social distance.
Sunday morning photos and footage show people praying side by side, forming straight lines of worshipers.
Visitors needs to be fully vaccinated against the corona virus. They must continue to wear masks at mosque bases. Meanwhile social distance measures have lifted, officials said.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia announced that it would begin accepting vaccinated foreigners wishing to perform the Umrah Hajj.