The Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia
The Prophet’s Mosque in Medina was one of the 90,000 mosques to reopen in Saudi Arabia. Image Credit: Twitter/ Courtesy: @wmngovsa

Cairo: Saudi Arabia has unveiled a massive-scale disinfection plan for the Prophet Mohammed’s Mosque in Medina in the run-up to resumption of visits to the holy site.

The plan was launched by President-General for Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque Abdul Rahman Al Sudais, the Saudi news agency SPA reported.

The plan uses the ozone disinfection technology and features inspection visits, field and lab analyses, and disease-fighting mechanisms, according to the report.

Saudi authorities are due next Sunday to begin implementing the second phase of a gradual plan for the restart of the Umrah and visits to the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina. The first phase started on October 4, allowing the Umrah for limited numbers of pilgrims from inside the kingdom.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah Tuesday launched an electronic service for getting permits to perform prayers in the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque. Worshipers need to register via the Etmarna App to obtain permits to perform the Umrah as well as to visit the Grand Mosque and Rawdah Al Sharifa in the Prophet’s Mosque.

Around 15,000 pilgrims and 40,000 worshippers will be allowed daily into both mosques in the second phase amid strict precautions against the new coronavirus, according to Okaz daily.

“The plan welcoming visitors to the Prophet’s Mosque is in line with the precautionary measures adopted by the state to protect health and safety of all visitors,” Al Sudais said.

Muslims abroad will be allowed to go to Saudi Arabia to perform the Umrah as of November 1, ending a halt of about eight months.