NUSADAILY.COM – JEDDA – In welcoming the arrival of the first group of worshipers, temperature cameras have been installed at the entrances and inside the courtyard of the Grand Mosque to monitor the body temperature of the congregation and send warnings if needed. The mosque complex will also be cleaned 10 times a day on the sidelines of changing groups of worshipers, including in areas that are usually crowded with worshipers, such as fountains, carpets and toilets.
The first Umrah pilgrims during the C0vid-19 pandemic arrived at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday morning local time, after more than six months of absence – except during the Hajj period.
More than 1.8 billion Muslims from all over the world will rejoice to enter the queue of worshipers who are allowed to enter the mosque after registering through the Eatmarna application which is managed by the Ministry of Haj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia.
Previously, Saudi Arabia took the decision to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 by suspending Umrah and daily prayers at mosques, including the Grand Mosque, from mid-March.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also closed international flights and imposed lockdown rules as a measure to prevent another outbreak.
Now, to accommodate only 6,000 pilgrims per day, the Ministry of Haj and Umrah has set up five meeting points, including Al-Gaza, Ajyad, and Al-Shasha, where the congregation will meet and join the medical staff on the bus to the Grand Mosque.
Temperature Cameras were Installed
In welcoming the arrival of the first group of worshipers, temperature cameras were installed at the entrances and inside the Grand Mosque’s courtyard to monitor the body temperature of the congregation and send out alerts if needed.
This has been planned since the pandemic began to enter the region, to ensure the safety of the congregation and allow a quick response to situations that could potentially be a COVID-19 case.
About 1,000 officers have received training to oversee the implementation of the Umrah worship ritual at the Grand Mosque.
The escalator to the upper floor is equipped with cleaning tools, hand washing stations are provided at a number of entry points for the mosque. In addition, the air conditioning system is also equipped with ultraviolet sanitation technology, with a cleaning schedule of six times a day.
The authorities also launched a number of initiatives, including Kammamat or the use of masks. (han)