All social events, gatherings banned throughout MCO, CMCO

A screenshot of the latest order banning all social activities and gatherings issued by SDMC.

KUCHING, Jan 20: All social events and mass gatherings are now prohibited throughout Movement Control Order (MCO) and Conditional MCO period.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a statement today, said that this order comes into effect immediately.

All Divisional DMC have also been instructed to monitor all social and gathering activities in their respective divisions.

This order was issued following the surge in Covid-19 cases in Sarawak which recorded 203 new Covid-19 cases today, taking the state tally of positive cases to 2,570.

Pasai Cluster in Sibu continued to record triple digit cases with 139 cases detected today. Of the figure, 43 cases were detected in Kanowit and this thus elevated the district status to red zone with a total of 73 cases detected in the last 14 days.


There were also two cases in Kuching, Betong (8 cases), Bintulu (4 cases), Miri (2 cases), Dalat (3 cases) and Kapit (1 case) reported today linked to the Pasai Cluster.

According to the latest standard operating procedure (SOP) guidelines for MCO, only permitted essential services and sectors are allowed to operate from 6am to 8pm as all residents are to stay at homes except to get food, daily necessities, medicine or dietary supplements.

The MCO imposed in Sibu, Selangau and Kanowit will end on Jan 29.

As for areas under CMCO, the previous SOP has allowed certain activities to be carried out without exceeding 50 per cent of venue capacity or a maximum of 200 people.

However, with the latest order, all activities that would involve mass gathering of people at a place in which physical distancing and and other health and safety guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health (MOH) cannot be observed are now prohibited.

Zones under CMCO that will end on Jan 31 include Kuching including Samarahan and Serian, Simanggang, Sarikei including Betong, Mukah, Kapit, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang. — DayakDaily