Pilgrims must wear a mask in Mecca this year

Muslims attending the pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia this year must wear face masks throughout the journey.

Unlike other years where up to two million Muslims participate, only a few thousand will be allowed to attend this year.

Measures have been put in place to curb coronary infection, Saudi Arabia authorities announced on Monday.

In advance, the kingdom has decided that this year it will not allow Muslims from other countries to enter and participate in the hajj, as the pilgrimage is called.

Only Muslims from Saudi Arabia will be allowed to participate. And so there will be severe restrictions on the number this year.

Employees must ensure that not too many people gather at the same place at the same time.

Some of the Muslims who are allowed to take part in this year’s pilgrimage are health workers and security people who have been infected with coronavirus but have recovered. Others are pilgrims who are on their first shark.

Everyone must keep one and a half meters distance from others. This applies both during prayers and other religious rituals as well as in restaurants and in the tents where the pilgrims live.

For the sake of contagion, the pilgrims are not allowed to touch the Kaba, which is a building in Mecca’s sacred area.

Saudi Arabia is the country in the Middle East that has reported the most infections during the corona outbreak – over 213,000 confirmed cases. Over 1900 people have died after being infected with the virus.

This year’s restrictions are the most stringent introduced in the recent history of Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrimage begins in late July.

/ Ritzau /