Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh of Saudi Arabia, the country's top religious authority, said prayers during Ramazan and for the subsequent Eid al-Fitr festival should be performed at home if the coronavirus outbreak continues, Saudi Arabia Okaz Newspaper reported on Friday.
"The Ramazan Taraweeh (afternoon) prayer can be performed at home if it cannot be performed in mosques due to preventive measures taken to combat the spread of the coronavirus," he said in response to a question, adding that the same It applies to Eid prayers, according to the document.
Ramazan's holy month begins next week.
Saudi Arabia in mid-March detained people performing their five daily prayers and weekly Friday prayers inside mosques as part of efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
On Thursday, the Prophet's Mosque in the holy city of Medina said it was banning events that distribute dinners at the mosque to those in need during Ramazan to break their daily fast.
The kingdom has reported 6,380 cases of Covid-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, and 83 deaths so far.