CNY reunion dinners in hotels, restaurants not allowed

Chinese New Year SOPs updated as at Jan 16, 2021.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Jan 18: Family reunion dinners at hotels or restaurants during Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations are prohibited this year.

The updated standard operating procedures (SOPs) released by the Minister of Local Government and Housing yesterday (Jan 17) also banned the holding of any CNY bazaar at open places, hotels or shopping malls.


Other activities that are not allowed include open houses, door-to-door visitings, lion or dragon dances and celebrations at temples or public places.

However, visiting on the first day of CNY (Feb 12) is allowed for only close family members and not more than 20 individuals at one time.

The same regulations apply to the family reunion dinners during the eve of CNY (Feb 11) at homes.

On protocols for the CNY celebration on the first day, the head of the house must prepare thermometers or thermal scanners for any visitor while they are required to register their names, contact numbers, temperatures, dates and time of visit.

Registration through the MySejahtera, COVIDTrace and Qmunity applications are allowed.

Social distancing of one-meter must also be observed in the premises while activities involving skin contact are not allowed.—DayakDaily