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Posted On: 23 June 2020 08:09 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:22 pm

Saudi says Hajj 2020 to be held with limited number of pilgrims

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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Saudi Arabia has announced guidelines for Hajj 2020 in the light that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread to more than 180 countries around the world. The Saudi government announced Hajj will go ahead next month but with a “very limited” number of pilgrims allowed to take part, reported Arab News.

Among the general guidelines, limiting the pilgrimage to residents and citizens under 65 years old, as well as mandatory coronavirus testing and quarantine are one of them. Pilgrims taking part will be from various nationalities who already reside in Saudi Arabia.

According to the statement released by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah these decisions have been taken to ensure Hajj is performed in a safe manner from a public health perspective while observing all preventative measures and the necessary social distancing protocols to protect human beings from the risks associated with this pandemic.