KSA suspends prayers in arenas outside Mecca, Medina holy mosques

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The decision was taken to curb effects of the coronavirus that has so far killed 10,000 globally

The Government of Saudi Arabia said it suspended Muslims from conducting their five daily prayers and the weekly Friday prayer in the overflow area just outside the walls of the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina, to limit the spread of coronavirus.

The decision was announced on Thursday. 

On Tuesday, the Kingdom said it will no longer allow Muslims to conduct prayers inside mosques as part of efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus.

However, prayers will continue only at the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina, the holiest places in Islam.