By Karen Bong
KUCHING, May 4: Hari Raya Aidilfitri visits will be limited to only close family members at not more than 50 per cent of house capacity and in areas under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) only.
The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) today announced that Sarawakians will be allowed to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri, which falls on May 13 this year, for one week.
As per standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the Sarawak Islamic Council (SIC), visits are allowed throughout the one-week celebrations but visitor numbers are limited to only 50 per cent of house capacity at any one time according to the size of house and physical distancing requirements.
Takbir Hari Raya is allowed in mosques and surau which will begin after the Maghrib prayers at night on the first day and cannot go beyond 10pm, followed by the morning prayer on the first day until Sunat Idilfitri prayers.
Sunat Idilfitri prayers are allowed in mosques, surau, musolla and other premises that have obtained approval from the SIC.
Congregation size is based on the capacity of the premises and in compliance with physical distancing of at least one metre.
All basic SOPs must be adhered including taking body temperature checks, checking in with MySejahtera app or manually via log books, wearing of face masks at all times, using own prayer mat, avoiding crowding when entering and leaving premises and avoiding physical contact greetings with one another.
People are also encouraged to perform prayers at home. — DayakDaily