Churches to livestream religious activities, weddings limited to 12 persons attendance during MCO

A church undergoes sanitising works in this file photo.

By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, May 29: Churches and other non-Muslim places of worship are only allowed to conduct online livestreaming for its congregants throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.

Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) in its latest standard operating procedures (SOP) dated today said houses of worship are only open for livestreaming crews or committee members with a maximum attendance of 12 persons.

Meanwhile, administrative offices are allowed to be opened subjected to 30 per cent of staff attendance.

“For weddings in houses of worship, it is limited to a maximum of 12 persons subjected to the size of the building and with at least one meter of physical distancing.

“Attendees are to leave the house of worship immediately after the wedding ceremony ends.

“Other activities like meetings, seminars, courses, cultural activities and others are strictly prohibited,” Unifor added.

The houses of worship must also display information relating to new norm practices; prepare counter for checking body temperature, usage of hand sanitiser and attendance registration; as well as have the attendees to wear face mask and frequent hand cleansing with either soap and water or hand sanitisers.

The houses of worship must also schedule sanitisation of frequently touched areas in the premises, designate only one entry point and one exit point, and appoint at least one person to monitor the implementation and adherence to the SOP.

Unifor also stressed that children aged 12 years and below as well as individuals who are unwell or having symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, flu or breathing difficulties are not allowed to enter the premises.

Additionally, senior citizens and individuals suffering from chronic diseases are not encouraged to enter the
premises. — DayakDaily