Saudi: Entry to Holy Sites Restricted from Sunday

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Saudi authorities will start as of Sunday to ban entering the holy sites without a permit as the kingdom is bracing for a limited Hajj season to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Security control centres in the holy city of Mecca will begin as of Sunday morning to stop entry into the holy sites of Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat without a permit, Al Riyadh newspaper reported Saturday.

According to an earlier statement from an Interior Ministry official source, the restriction will come into effect from the 28th of Dhu Al-Qadah Islamic lunar month and runs until 12th of the following month Dhu Al Hijjah.

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Violations are punishable by a fine of SR10,000 that will be doubled in case of repetition. Security personnel will be on duty on all roads leading to the holy sites to prevent violations and detect any illegal attempt to enter the places during the designated period as well as apply related penalties to offenders.

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