Muslim pilgrims on Wednesday have begun the annual Hajj that has been dramatically downsized this year due to coronavirus pandemic.
Usually, one of the world’s largest religious gatherings of five-day pilgrimage has been drastically scaled down by the Saudi government to strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak.
For this year’s Hajj pilgrims will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing.
Beautiful Scenes as the Hujjaj circumambulate around the Ka'bah, performing Tawaaf Al Qudum in single-file lines, adhering to social distancing measures to maintain a safe and pleasant experience. #Hajj pic.twitter.com/bv4Y1TjQqq— 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻 (@HaramainInfo) July 29, 2020
Pilgrims selected to take part in the hajj were subject to temperature checks and placed in quarantine as they began to arrive in Mecca at the weekend.
“There are no security-related concerns in this pilgrimage, but (downsizing) is to protect pilgrims from the danger of the pandemic,” said Khalid bin Qarar Al-Harbi, Saudi Arabia’s director of public security.