Due to the Corona virus epidemic, only locals will be able to perform the Hajj this year – but the Saudi government has also issued new rules and regulations that will be strictly enforced.
The new rules for Hajj apply to the Masjid al-Haram, Mina, Arafat Square, Muzdalifah and accommodation and food. The distance must be maintained.
In addition, pilgrims will not be able to use each other’s tools to shave or trim their hair. Pebbles to kill the devil will also be provided packaged by the staff.
During Rami, a distance of one and a half to two meters will be required while no more than 10 pilgrims will be allowed to stay in one tent and each tent will be 50 square meters.
It is forbidden to touch the Ka’bah and the Black Stone during Tawaf, while keeping a distance of at least one and a half meters during the Tawaf.
Barriers will be erected to prevent touching and kissing the Kaaba and the Black Stone, and staff will be stationed there to ensure the ban.
Disposable glasses will be used for drinking water or Zamzam in Masjid-ul-Haram and eating in the courtyard will be prohibited while bringing food items in Masjid-ul-Haram will be prohibited. And utensils used for food will not be allowed to be used by each other.
Every pilgrim will be allowed to travel while sitting on his seat. No one will travel standing up while social distance must be ensured in the elevator as well.
A person who shows symptoms like influenza will not be allowed to perform Hajj.
Seating and waiting areas in residential buildings and hotels will be continuously sanitized to prevent corona. Door handles, dining tables, chairs and sofas will be sanitized.
In addition, the preparation and delivery of food, after leaving the bath, after shaking hands or touching someone, will have to wash hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds.