CNY 2022 celebrations allowed on first day only, limited to close family members

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KUCHING, Jan 13: Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations in Sarawak will only be allowed on the first day of the festive season on Feb 1 and limited to immediate or close family members only.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has released the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for CNY 2022 with the detailed guidelines which can be viewed at

As for house visiting on the first day, the number of visitors allowed is capped at 50 per cent capacity according to the size of house and compound in compliance with physical distancing of one metre, and limited to close family members.

Chinese New Year SOP 2022 issued by SDMC.

House owners are required to have a temperature scanner or thermal scanner and QR code put in place for MySejahtera check-ins or manual recording of attendance of visitors with compulsory information including names, telephone numbers, date and time.

They should also ensure that seating arrangements in the house observe the physical distancing measure of at least one metre.

These procedures also apply to reunion gatherings on Chinese New Year Eve on Jan 31 as well as Chap Goh Mei on Feb 15.

Family reunion gatherings in hotels or restaurants should also be limited to close family members and must comply with the SOPs for the food and beverage sector issued by the Ministry for Public Health, Housing and Local Government.

Prayer ceremonies at temples or houses of worship are also required to follow the SOP issued by the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor).

Apart from the basic SOP, people are also reminded to avoid physical contact including handshakes, always wear face masks and frequently wash hands or use sanitisers.

SDMC also encouraged people to undertake rapid antigen self-tests before visiting their families. — DayakDaily