Catholic Archdiocese of Kuching suspends church masses in red zone

The notice issued by the Catholic Archdiocese of Kuching.

KUCHING, July 31: With Kuching being reclassified as a Covid-19 red zone, the Catholic Archdiocese of Kuching has issued a statement that all its daily, Sunday masses in all its churches located in the red zone will be temporarily suspended effective today (July 31).

Catholic Archbishop of Kuching Archdiocese, His Grace Simon Poh in a statement issued yesterday said, this affects parish communities in Kuching, Kota Sentosa, Kota Samarahan and Kota Padawan.

However, he assured that that parishes located in the yellow and green zone will remain open for Sunday masses and services and all parish offices will remain open to serve the Catholic community.

“I exhort everyone to strictly adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that are currently practiced in all our churches and offices. This will ensure our churches are kept safe for public worship,” stressed Poh.

He also appealed to all Catholics to be socially responsible by wearing masks in public, practice proper hand-washing as well as social distancing and to bring along their hand sanitisers and surface disinfectant.

“Let us do our part to contain Covid-19 and get out of the red zone so that our churches can resume masses even earlier, especially before the Feast of Assumption weekend on Aug 15,” he said.

Poh also appealed to Catholics to take responsibility by donating to the Catholic Welfare Services (CWS) or charities, remain kind and considerate to one another and pray and intercede for society.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas announced on Tuesday that Kuching had reverted back to red zone status, with 21 recorded positive cases out of a total of 25 cases in Sarawak.-DayakDaily