According to a report in Saudi Gazette, King Salman has approved opening the Prophet's Mosque in stages to the public, as part of the Kingdom's plan to ease coronavirus restrictions and reopen the country.
The worshipers will be allowed to enter the mosque from Fajr (early morning) prayers on Sunday morning with a limit of 40 per cent capacity, the report said.
Prayer rugs spread in the Prophet's Mosque will be removed from the courtyards.
Over 90,000 mosques across the Kingdom, except for those in the holy city of Mecca, will open their doors to worshippers on Sunday as part of an ease in the curfew restrictions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The reopening of mosques will be undertaken in accordance with the guidance of Minister of Islamic Affairs, Abdullatif Al Asheikh, and in line with advice issued by the Senior Council of Ulemas.
The ministry has embarked on a vigorous media campaign to urge all worshippers to abide by preventive measures for their own safety to curb the spread of COVID-19. Among the instructions are doing ablution at home, hand-washing and using sanitizers before going out to the mosque and after coming back home.
The elderly and those with chronic diseases are advised to perform their prayers at home. Reading and reciting the Holy Quran online is advised, too, from one's own mobile phone or at least reading from a privately owned copy of the Holy Quran.
Bringing one's prayer mat to perform prayers in mosques is highly recommended as well as keeping a two-meter distance between one another prayer.
Accompanying children under the age of 15 to the mosques is prohibited. Putting on a face mask and avoiding shaking hands and other contact is also recommended.
Meanwhile, the ministry managed, during the closure of mosques, to undertaking a massive cleaning, sanitizing and maintenance drive in all mosques Kingdom-wide, according to world-class standards and best known practices. This included sanitizing over 10 million mosques, 43 million copies of several sizes and volumes of the Quran, more than 600,000 Holy Quran cupboards, in addition to repairing and maintaining about 176,000 water closets, annexed to mosques.