Everyone is excited for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations, but we still have to keep in mind and adhere to the Covid-19 prevention guidelines.
The Department of National Unity has just shared the SOPs for Chinese New Years celebrations 2022.
So, without further ado, here they are:
Religious activities and ceremonies:
- Religious ceremonies may proceed in non-Muslim houses of worship on 1 and 2 February, in accordance with the non-Muslim houses of worship SOPs under Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (NPR).
- Hokkien clan prayers will be allowed in non-Muslim houses of workship on 8 and 9 February, in accordance with the non-Muslim houses of worship SOPs under Phase 4 of the NPR.
- Religious activities are allowed within your homes, at night, according to the Chinese New Year traditions of the Hokkien clan.
- Chap Goh Meh prayers may proceed in non-Muslim houses of worship on 15 February, in accordance with the non-Muslim houses of worship SOPs under Phase 4 of the NPR.
Houses of worship must monitor visitors to ensure that the SOPs are adhered to. They must also:
- Prepare health screening counters at the entrance, to check body temperatures and looks for symptoms such as fever, coughing, breathing difficulties and flu.
- Check digital vaccination certificates to ensure only vaccinated visitors enter.
- Record attendance via the MySejahtera application or manually.
- Prepare hand sanitiser at the entrance and ensure everyone wears their face masks.
- Scan the Mysejahtera QR code or manually record their details into a registration book at the entrance, check their body temperatures and use hand sanitiser.
- Maintain 1 meter physical distancing at all times.
- Wear your face masks.
- Be completely vaccinated.
Family and visiting:
- Family reunion dinners will be allowed on 31 January.
- Visiting activities are allowed.
- Chinese New Year receptions are only allowed for those with invitations. Those without invitations and the general public should not be allowed to participate.
- Only 50% of event space can be used in accordance with social distancing.
- Continuous celebrations such as open houses are not allowed.
- Lion dances/dragon dances/tiger dances are allowed subjected to the Creative Industry SOPs (Live Performances) by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM).
Stay tuned for more updates!
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