Faizel Patel – 25/09/2020
The Head of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais has implement a series of precautionary measures and initiatives launched to receive pilgrims and worshipers at the Haram in Makkah, Saudi Arabia from 4 October.
On Tuesday, the Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry announced the gradual resumption of Umrah including the visitation of Masjid-un-Nabawi in Medina while taking the necessary health precautions to protect pilgrims.
In a statement, the minsitry’s spokesperson says it took the decision following developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic including the desire of many Muslims in the Kingdom and across the globe who want to perform Umrah.
The General Presidency plan to receive pilgrims and visitors focuses on providing the best and high-quality services and facilities in a way ensuring their safety from coronavirus.
The initiatives include the installation of highly advanced versions of thermal cameras equipped with high-resolution monitoring systems to issue alerts when high temperature is recorded for any of the pilgrims and visitors entering the Grand Haram
Al-Sudais also launched an initiative to handle masks, as well as the system to apply precautionary measures during the distribution of Zamzam water, in addition to sterilization and disinfection work at the Haram.
The Hajj and Umrah Ministry announced on Wednesday that the entry of Umrah pilgrims, worshipers, and visitors to the Haram in Makkah and Masjid-un-Nabawi in Medina will be regulated through the “I’tamarna,” app which will be available on smart phones effective from 27 September.
The app will enable the pilgrims and visitors to plan their pilgrimage and visit in advance, as well as to make a reservation of optional services to perform their rituals in ease and comfort, in addition to ensuring the compliance of the health and precautionary measures and preventive protocols, approved by the Health Ministry and other authorities.
The ministry says that the application will be available on Apples App Store and Googles Android Playstore seven days before the start of the first phase.
The registration of the data entered by the pilgrims and visitors to the Two Holy Mosques will be directly related to the application “Tawakkalna,” the official app launched by the Health Ministry of Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19