Saudi Arabia announces health protocols for Haj

By Eudore R. Chand

RIYADH 7 July 2020: Saudi Arabia announced health protocols to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus during this year’s Haj season which includes limiting the number of pilgrims, the state news agency and Wam, said on Monday.

In a statement, the Saudi Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said the new measures will require pilgrims to wear face masks and will forbid entry to the holy sites (Mina, Muzdalifah, Arafat) without a permit, starting from 19th July until 2nd August, 2020.

Inside the Grand Mosque, touching the Kaaba will be banned, and a social distancing space of one and a half metres between pilgrims during the rituals, including mass prayers and while circling the Kaaba, will be imposed.

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