New safety rules for Makkah restaurants’ food delivery services

Food delivery services had been stepped up since the Kingdom has been placed under lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease. (SPA)
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Updated 02 April 2020

New safety rules for Makkah restaurants’ food delivery services

MAKKAH: Restaurants in Makkah operating food delivery services during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak have been ordered to follow strict new health and safety requirements.

Municipality officials have ruled that all food items be securely packaged and sealed before being handed to delivery staff as part of measures aimed at preventing the spread of the killer virus.

Director general of municipal affairs, Abdullah Al-Zaidi, said that the municipality, represented by the sub-municipalities, had introduced the new delivery service requirements to help ensure the safety of citizens and residents.

He added that the rules included a ban on any direct contact with customers. “The order should be placed at the front door, while a safe distance of not less than 1 meter should be kept between the customer and the delivery personnel.

“This move aims to ensure that establishments are committed to the implementation of plans designed to combat the spread of the virus and minimize the chances of its transmission,” said Al-Zaidi.

 

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The Hajjana — fearless camel riders who patrolled the Kingdom’s borders — helped pave the way for the establishment of the modern Saudi state.
Their story goes back almost 90 years when a Hajjana border patrol was established during the reign of King Abdul Aziz in 1933.
After the Kingdom’s founder reclaimed Al-Ahsa, he ordered sea and land patrols to be carried out to tighten security in the region’s border areas.
Patrols were led by camel riders, so a military sector was formed at that time known as Hajjana. Its name was derived from their means of transport — camels.
Now, nine decades later, the Camel Club has established the Royal Hajjana to commemorate the group’s distinguished cultural heritage.
Since its creation in April, the Royal Hajjana has been preparing to take part in official reception ceremonies for King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s guests as well as national festivals sponsored by the king and crown prince.
It will also perform in Saudi heritage shows and represent the Kingdom in local and international camel festivals.
Hajjana officers became famous throughout the country after acquiring their name from the “hejin,” or camel. They protected the Kingdom’s residents from the south of the Empty Quarter to north of the Nafud Desert.
One of the founding king’s priorities was to provide security and protect the nation’s borders, so the Border Guard was among the first military sectors created.
The Coast Guard’s budget also included allocations for Hajjana officers, known as the Hajjana patrol commanders, whose role was part of the Frontier Corps.
Patrols continued to operate in southern regions until recently. However, the memory of the Hajjana remains fresh in the minds of the Kingdom’s border guards.