Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Saudi Arabia Limits Hajj To Residents To Limit COVID Spread

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced on Monday that because of COVID-19 the Hajj this year will be extremely limited, saying in part:
in light of the continuation of the pandemic and the risks of Coronavirus spreading in crowded spaces and large gatherings, and its transmission between countries,  and the increase in average infections globally, it has been decided that Hajj for this year (1441 H/ 2020 AD) will be held whereby a very limited number of pilgrims from various nationalities who already reside in Saudi Arabia, would be able to perform it.  This decision is taken to insure Hajj is performed in a safe manner from a public health perspective while observing all preventative measures and the necessary social distancing protocols....