Saudi Arabia unveils health protocol for Hajj

Saudi Arabia has unveiled health protocols for prevention of Covid 19 disease for Hajj season, forbidding entrance to holy sites Minan, Muzdalifah and Arafat without a permit, reports say.

The protocol to go into force from July 19, will allow completion of Hajj for suspected cases after evaluation by the specialist doctor, state-run news agency SPA reports citing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

The suspected cases will also have a separate residence and transport.

Pilgrims according to the CDC will have to wear masks and observe social distancing and procedures of sanitization. The pilgrims can as well as pray on congregation but are forbidden to touch or kiss the honourable Kaaba or the Black Stone located in the Grand Mosque.

Saudi Arabia last month announced that the religious ritual will be performed by Saudi citizens and expats living in the kingdom.

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