All religious, cultural activities prohibited during MCO and CMCO

Latest SOPs by Unifor for districts under MCO and CMCO in Sarawak.

KUCHING, Jan 17: All religious and cultural activities normally carried out in and within the compound of the houses of worship are not allowed during the Movement Control Order (MCO) and Conditional MCO (CMCO) periods.

Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) said all meetings, seminars and other functions including engagement, weddings and thanksgiving are prohibited in Sarawak.

On Jan 16, Sarawak announced that all districts other than Sibu would be under CMCO from Jan 18 to 31 while Sibu has already begun its MCO period starting Jan 16.


Zones under CMCO include Kuching (Kuching, Samarahan, Serian), Sri Aman, Sarikei (Sarikei, Betong), Mukah, Kapit, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang.

In the meantime, Unifor said livestreaming of functions from houses of worship is allowed but the crew on site is limited to only 12 individuals.

The names of the crew on duty must also be submitted to Unifor for information and forwarded to the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

Adding on, it noted any religious activity related to door-to-door visiting is also not allowed at the moment.

Other standard operating procedures (SOPs) including setup of registration counters at entrances, one-metre social distancing, and wearing of face masks must be observed at all times, and at least one warden should be stationed at each house of worship for monitoring. — DayakDaily