Source : LesInfos.ma
Saudi Arabia has decided to organize the 2020 season of the pilgrimage with a limited number of pilgrims, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, thus depriving 34,000 Moroccans of the Hajj.
After the cancellation of Umrah this year because of the Coronavirus, Saudi Arabia opted to maintain the 2020 pilgrimage season, reducing the number of pilgrims to avoid any possible risk of a new wave of the pandemic in within the kingdom.
The competent authorities have put in place sanitary measures to prevent the spread of the virus among pilgrims, by prohibiting gatherings and meetings and by imposing a social distance of 1.5 meters between each person during the performance of rites, including including prayers and circumambulation around the Kaaba, which pilgrims are now forbidden to touch.
As for Moroccan pilgrims, after the organization of training sessions last March, and following the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic in Morocco, it was decided to freeze all procedures, to return all pilgrimage fee, and to keep this year’s draw results for the next Hajj season.