On Sunday, the Saudi Arabian General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) declared that all airports in the country are permitted to operate at full capacity for international and domestic flights.
According to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Kingdom’s Interior Ministry has approved relaxing the country’s rigorous COVID-19 precautionary procedures.
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“Gaca issues instructions to all airlines regarding the operation of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s airports at full capacity”
The interior ministry announced that persons who have received both COVID-19 vaccine shots will be allowed to gather and that some mask regulations will be waived.
Since the coronavirus outbreak began more than 18 months ago, the Kingdom has eased restrictions gradually.
“Special arrangements have been made and implemented for those on wheelchairs at Masjid al Haram“.
Face masks were also no longer required outside, except in certain areas, such as the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.
For the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began, worshippers in Saudi Arabia’s historic mosques of Makkah and Madina prayed shoulder to shoulder.
The floor markers that guided visitors in and around the holy mosques to maintain social distance have been removed.
Worshippers must be properly vaccinated against the coronavirus and wear masks, despite the lifting of social distancing regulations.
According to an official source at the Ministry of Interior, royal consent was given to remove health precautions starting October 17 based on what was provided by the health authorities, and in light of progress in immunizing the community and a sharp decline in the daily number of COVID-19 cases.