Hajj rituals to start from today

Hajj SecurHajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. Source: FILE/Onlineity Commander announced that the number of pilgrims has been limited this year due to the corona epidemic

MECCA: Hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia will start from today the pilgrims from all over the world will start performing rites.

Pilgrims will begin to arrive in the Muslim holy city of Mecca on Saturday for the second downsized hajj staged during the coronavirus pandemic with only fully vaccinated residents permitted to participate.

Other SOPs, including social distance and wearing of masks, will be strictly enforced in view of the corona outbreak. The Hajj pilgrimage will be held on Monday. The Saudi Chamber of Commerce said that shops will not be closed during prayers.

According to a statement from the Saudi Chamber of Commerce, the closure of shops has led to a sudden entrance of people. Earlier, the Hajj Security Commander announced that the number of pilgrims has been limited this year due to the corona epidemic so that the pilgrims can avoid the epidemic during the Hajj.

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According to media reports, the Hajj Security Command clarified three days ago that no one would be allowed to enter the holy places without permission. He said that the workers and staff serving in the holy shrines would be allowed to provide services by the Interior Ministry.