Saudi Arabia will start easing COVID-19 restrictions from Sunday, allowing gatherings and lifting some mask mandates for fully vaccinated individuals, the interior ministry announced Friday.
Masks in open spaces will no longer be mandatory for fully vaccinated individuals, although members of the public must still wear them in closed spaces and areas that are not monitored by the Tawakkalna tracing app.
Social distancing regulations will also be dropped and public places, transportation, restaurants, cinemas, and other gatherings monitored by Tawakkalna, will be allowed to operate at full capacity fully vaccinated individuals.
Other rules to be dropped include a cap on visitors to Mecca’s Grand Mosque. Devotees who have received both vaccine doses will now be able to visit the mosque while wearing a mask and using the Umrah tracking app.
The same rules will apply to the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.
Events in wedding halls will be allowed with no restrictions on attendance, although those involved must still comply with the remaining precautions including masks in closed spaces.
The interior ministry stated that the rules were subject to change depending on the development of the pandemic.
Different rules may also be enforced in different areas of the Kingdom depending on local infection rates.