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In his recent brief to the nation, Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob explained that the government will be allowing Malaysians to enjoy private social events and parties from July onwards during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period.
Starting July 1, Malaysians would be allowed to host and attend religious events like; kenduris, thalils, aqiqahs, doa selamats, as well as other social events like; engagement ceremonies, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions and other such parties without getting into trouble.
Partygoers would, however, need to abide by the new normal Covid-19 guidelines set by the government;
- Events are limited between three to five hours
- Event attendance limited to a maximum of 250 people at a time or the maximum capacity allowed for social distancing to take place.
- Mandatory temperature checks at each event; people who are sick are prohibited from attending.
- If possible, event entrances and exits must be separated.
- Event attendees are encouraged to wear face masks and utilise the MySejahtera app to enable contact tracing.
- Buffet lines are strictly prohibited, unless food is served by servers and waiters.
The government also cautions people against hosting or attending events where social distancing is absent or difficult to maintain.
Meanwhile, in contrast to the previous Covid-19 lockdown Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations, the government is also allowing Malaysian Muslims to celebrate the upcoming Hari Raya Aidiladha holidays set for July 30, with even fewer restrictions.
With the end of the “party-prohibition”, Muslims can now enjoy open houses and partake in religious activities, specifically for the korban or sacrificial ritual.
Korban activities will only be permitted at mosques, suraus, or any other locations allowed by the Federal Government or respective state religious authorities and an official standard operation procedure (SOP) for korban activities would be provided by the Malaysian Department of Islamic Development (JAKIM).
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