HAJJ 2020 - COVID 19 INFECTION CONTROL
The pre-requisite norm of international travel under pandemic conditions is to observe 14 days in quarantine. This control is the most-safest method to determine pilgrims’ health status as well as being tested during this period. There is a minimum of 8 touch-points from, where pilgrims are vulnerable in encountering the COVID 19 pathogen prior to actual travel from home to arrival at the hotel.
MITIGATING TRANSFERENCE ACROSS PILGRIM TOUCH POINTS
The Qualification by Filtration model reduces the large percentage of registered pilgrims to 10% – 20%, responsibility. Safeguarding the most vulnerable pilgrims from exposure to any risk.
1. Safe Zone:
In conditions where the pilgrim’s exposure to the pathogen is in their full control.
2. Low Risk Zone:
Are safe environments, areas of seclusion, meeting places where only familiar people known not to have COVID 19 meet together.
3. Medium Risk Zone:
Have a moving flow or intermittent flow of people, where it is easy to apply social distancing protocols.
4. High Risk Zone:
Is where a large number of people will convene, either stagnant or moving flow of people with an extremely close proximity with each other, unable to consistently observe social distancing protocols of a minimum of 2-Meter distance from each other.
5. Critical Zone:
Are restricted areas, where movement and proximity is extremely limited. Observing social distance protocols are not practically possible.
The World Hajj and Umrah Care Foundation is working closely with international partners towards the development infection control mechanisms to ensure pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia are shielded from the COVID 19 pathogen.
SAUDI ARABIAN JURISDICTION
Once the pilgrim arrives to Saudi Arabia a full set of protocols and processes have been established in responsibly transporting pilgrims from the Hajj Terminal and back.