Saudi recruits 4,000 workers for Umrah season

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At least 4,000 workers have been employed, 100,000 face masks made available and 9,000 sanitized prayer rugs have been provided this Umrah season to ensure the health and safety of pilgrims amid the ongoing coronavirus, according to authorities in Mecca.

The General Presidency of the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet’s Holy Mosque Affairs said it has employed 4,000 workers equipped with the latest technologies and environmentally friendly materials to ensure a safe and healthy Umrah this season.

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Saudi Arabia allowed the resumption of the Umrah pilgrimage amid strict coronavirus precautions last Sunday. In the initial phase, citizens and nationals residing inside the kingdom will be allowed to perform Umrah with a 30 per cent capacity limit that ensures adherence to coronavirus precautionary measures, which translates to 6,000 pilgrims per day in the Grand Mosque in Mecca.


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