Saudi Arabia announced health protocols to prevent the spread of the new corona virus in the 2020 Haj season and banned pilgrimage gatherings and meetings, the state news agency said on Monday.
Saudi Arabia decided in June to limit the number of indigenous pilgrims participating in the Hajj to around 1,000 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus after Muslims abroad had been excluded from the rite for the first year in modern times.
Touching the Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam, is prohibited during the Haj this year, and a social distance of one and a half meters is imposed between each pilgrim during the rituals, including mass prayers, and while circumnavigating the Kaaba. a statement from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) was prepared.
Access to holy Hajj sites in Mona, Muzdalifah, and Arafat will be restricted to Hajj-licensed people from Sunday, July 19, through August 2, 2020. The constant wearing of masks is mandatory for both pilgrims and organizers.
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