The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said the annual pilgrimage will go ahead next month but with a “very limited” number of pilgrims allowed to take part due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
They said their preserved the “global public health” and the lack of available vaccinations or a cure for those who have Coronavirus.
The ministry said the decision was made “in light of continuation of the pandemic and the risks of Coronavirus spreading in crowded spaces and large gatherings” since 2.5 million pilgrims performed Hajj last year.
Only Saudi Arabians and foreigners residing in the country would be allowed to perform Hajj this year.
“This decision is taken to ensure Hajj is performed in a safe manner from a public health perspective while observing all preventative measures and the necessary social distancing protocols.”
The Council of Senior Scholars said they supported the Kingdom’s decision.