Jerusalem sanitizes stones of Western Wall amid pandemic
How coronavirus is spreading around the world Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world travel to Israel each year to visit the Western Wall in the holy city of Jerusalem. But as cases of coronavirus soar worldwide, the city is taking extra precautionary measures to halt its spread. The wall is considered one of the most religious sites in the world, and thousands visit to pray in front of it and place prayer notes between its stones. With the Jewish holiday Passover fast approaching, concerns that even more visitors to the wall could exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 prompted additional sanitization. According to the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, the ancient stones at the wall, also known as the Wailing Wall or Kotel, were cleaned and sanitized Tuesday morning by workers wearing hazmat suits and gas masks. At the same time, workers wearing protective gloves removed the prayer notes stuck in between the stones using disposable wooden tools. Per tradition, the notes were placed in designated bags to be buried along with other sacred papers on the Mount of Olives, the foundation said. Workers sanitize the Western Wall on March 31, 2020 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Jerusalem.