No attendance limit at non-Muslim houses of worship including funerals, weddings from April 1

Sanitisation works are being carried out in a church in this file photo.

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KUCHING, March 29: There will no longer be an attendance limit at non-Muslim houses of worship for prayers, funeral and burial ceremonies, visits to cemeteries, columbariums and memorial halls, as well as weddings, meetings, seminars and courses starting from April 1.

Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) has announced this in its latest health and safety protocols for the reopening of non-Muslim houses of worship and their administrative offices, as well as for ceremonies and other activities to be held at the premises as the country shifts towards Covid-19 endemicity.

However, Unifor emphasised that physical distancing and face masks remain mandatory for all activities and when on these premises.

Other basic standard operating procedures (SOPs) to observe include frequent handwashing, using hand sanitisers, and checking in with MySejahtera or manual recording (except at cemeteries).

Attendees are also advised to avoid physical contact, such as shaking hands, while food and drinks are allowed but subjected to existing SOPs.

Individuals who have a fever or other symptoms such as cough, sore throat, flu and breathing difficulty are not allowed into the premises.

Houses of worship are also required to regularly carry out cleaning and disinfection works while ensuring the premises has a good ventilation system.

Additionally, funeral ceremonies for Covid-19 positive cases are to comply with SOPs issued by the Ministry of Health (MOH). — DayakDaily