The Saudi authorities have authorized Tawaf in the Mataaf area of Khana Kaaba with some restrictions. The restriction was lifted late on March 30th.
Only a small number of people can perform the ritual. A protective structure has been built around the Kaaba and pilgrims are not allowed to touch the Kaaba.
The Tawaf came to a halt on March 21 when the government announced extraordinary measures to curb the spread of the deadly corona virus. The authorities later banned community prayers in Masjid al-Haram and Masjid al-Nabvi. Very few people, mainly workers and security personnel, were allowed in.
Despite the protective measures, the coronavirus pandemic devastates the kingdom and forces all companies, transportation and educational institutions to close.