After two months of closure due to coronavirus outbreak, Iran has reopened its major Shia Muslim shrines.

According to reports, visitors are given access to these shrines but with certain limitations.

Worshippers will be allowed to access courtyards, but not covered areas.

They must also wear face masks and abide by social distancing rules.

On Monday, people were sprayed with disinfectant and had their temperatures checked at Tehran’s Abdol Azim shrine. Iran’s Shia shrines are visited every year by tens of millions of pilgrims, who spend many hours praying near the tombs they house.

Iran has suffered the Middle East’s worst Covid-19 outbreak, with 137,000 cases and 7,450 deaths reported.


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