Including a ban on touching the Kaaba … Saudi Arabia announces health measures for Hajj in 2020

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Saudi Arabia announced health protocols to prevent the spread of the new Corona virus during the Hajj 2020 season, and banned gatherings and meetings between pilgrims, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.
In June, Saudi Arabia decided to limit the number of local pilgrims to around 10,000 people to prevent the spread of the Corona virus after a ban on Muslims from outside the kingdom performing the pilgrimage this year, for the first time in contemporary time.
A statement by the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control, “Prevention”, said that touching the Kaaba will be prohibited during the pilgrimage this year and imposing a social distance of not less than one and a half meters between each person and the other during the performance of rites, including congregational prayer and the circumambulation area around the Kaaba.
Mena, Muzdalifah, and Arafat will enter only those with permits for Hajj from Sunday, July 19, until August 2, 2020, and pilgrims and organizers will be required to put up masks.





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