By Gavin Gibbon
Prayer will be broadcast but both holy sites will remain closed for worshippers
Saudi Arabia has extended the suspension of prayers in the Two Holy Mosques during Ramadan.
The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques said on Monday that prayers would not be permitted in the Grand Mosque in Mecca and Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, as part of precautionary measures against the spread of coronavirus.
The two mosques, considered the holiest places in Islam, will instead broadcast the call for prayer (adhan) throughout the holy month, but will remain closed to worshippers.
Authorities also announced on social media that Itikaf, or keeping vigil inside a mosque, will be suspended during Ramadan, as well as the five daily prayers and special Taraweeh night time prayers.
It was previously revealed that more than 3,500 workers and 85 machines are being used six times a day to disinfect the Grand Mosque with 2,160 litres of environmentally-friendly sanitisers.
Neighbouring Bahrain announced on Monday that it was re-opening its al-Fateh Grand Mosque in a limited capacity during Ramadan for Friday, evening and Taraweeh prayers where only the imam and five other worshippers would be allowed to pray at any given time.