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RI drafts 'umrah' protocols as Saudi Arabia plans reopening

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    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 24 2020   /  01:00 am
Muslim pilgrims wearing face masks and keeping social distance perform Tawaf around Kaaba during the annual Haj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 31, 2020. (REUTERS/Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout)

The Religious Affairs Ministry is preparing health protocols and a regulation for Indonesians going on umrah (minor haj) to Saudi Arabia as the Middle Eastern country plans to reopen to international worshipers. Noer Alya Fitra, an official from the ministry overseeing haj registration, said the ministry was working with the Health Ministry while waiting for more information from Saudi Arabia. “We will [adjust] the health protocols with the guideline issued by the Saudi Arabian government,” Noer said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com. He added that the ministry was drafting a regulation stipulating technical instructions to be obeyed by Indonesian pilgrims when overseas. The regulation would, among other provisions, prevent the elderly from taking part in the pilgrimage given that they are more susceptible to succumbing to disease. The policy would also regu...