During the collective prayers and the circumambulation of the Kaaba, there will be a physical distance of one and a half meters between each pilgrim. Access to the holy places of Hajj in Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat will also be restricted with Hajj permission.
Riyadh (Gulf Inside)The Saudi National Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a health protocol to prevent the spread of the corona virus (covid-19), which will ban the touching of the Kaaba during the Hajj this year. A statement issued on Monday said that meetings and gatherings between the pilgrims during the Hajj have also been banned.
During the collective prayers and the circumambulation of the Kaaba, there will be a physical distance of one and a half meters between each pilgrim. Saudi Arabia decided in June to limit the number of domestic pilgrims to around 1,000. To prevent the spread of the corona virus. In addition, access to the holy sites of Hajj in Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat will be restricted with Hajj permission. The Hajj will begin on July 19 and continue until August 2. During this period, it will be mandatory for both pilgrims and organizers to wear a mask at all times.
The government has specially directed that all persons registering for Hajj should include, among other things, a certified medical certificate regarding their health, confirming that they have not contracted an epidemic such as Corona.
If a person is suspected of being a victim of coronation, he must immediately return to his abode and separate himself from other pilgrims. All pilgrims will have to provide details about their accommodation, bus travel and route. A person who has a cold, dysentery, runny nose, sore throat or sudden loss of smell and taste will not be allowed to join the pilgrims.