Authorities in Saudi Arabia have announced that Masjid-e-Haram will remain closed on Eid-ul-Adha.
According to details, the commander of the forces are responsible for security at the Grand Mosque in Mecca. He announced the completion of the first stage of planning for the annual Hajj. He said that protecting worshippers was vital.
Maj. Gen. Muhammad Al-Ahmadi said, “We have mainly focused on the health aspect this year for its extreme importance in the current unique situation (the coronavirus disease pandemic). The remaining stages will be implemented in the coming days,”
He said that new arrangements had been made to control pilgrims’ entry and exit to Masjid-e-Haram to maintain social distance and precautions against coronavirus.
He also said that defined pathways for walking rituals (Tawaaf) around the Holy Kaaba and between the hills of Safa and Marwa had been made. Those having official permission will only be allowed to enter the Grand Mosque.
Al-Ahmadi said that the Grand Mosque will be closed on Eid-ul-Azha. “The decision to suspend prayers in the Grand Mosque including its outdoor arenas will continue. We invite people of Mecca to break their fast on the day of Arafat in their homes,”
The command and control center in Mina and Muzdalifah will be fully operational. Different security forces will control Mecca city for 24 hours to prevent people from entering without a permit gaining access.