RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: The Saudi government has announced to hold Hajj 2020 with a very limited number of pilgrims from various nationalities who already reside in the Kingdom.
As per the official statement by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, in light of the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the risks of the Coronavirus spreading in crowded spaces and large gatherings, and its transmission between Countries and the increase in average infection globally, it has been decided that Hajj 2020 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.
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The decision has been taken to ensure Hajj 2020 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.
The statement further said that the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is honored to serve millions of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims annually and it confirms that this decision stems from the top priority it accords maintaining the safety of pilgrims on its land until they depart to their home Countries.