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Malaysia’s Council of Churches Release Additional Guidelines For Reopening

Malaysia’s Council of Churches Release Additional Guidelines For Reopening

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As the authorities mull over standard operating procedures (SOP) for the reopening of places of worship, the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) has already prepared additional guidelines for services.

Aimed at prioritising safety at home and in worship, CCM states that they will reopen churches only in green zones with no more than 30 individuals (between ages 15-70) as stipulated by the National Security Council.

CCM general secretary Rev Dr Hermen Shastri told FMT that only 30 church committee members in green zones such as the priest or pastor, musicians and other helpers are allowed to conduct the service.

Rev Dr Hermen Shastri, General Secretary, Council of Churches of Malaysia.(Credit: Choo Choy May/Malay Mail)

In a statement,Dr Hermen explains that worship time is limited to one and a half hours, with at least two hours gap between different worship services. While online streaming of services will continue, other services like weddings, funerals and prayer meetings will only be held when needed.

CCM also emphasises that there should be no physical contact at all during worship, prohibiting laying hands on others and sharing of communion trays.

Additionally, CCM requires that all church halls be sanitised immediately after use.

When announcing the extension of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) until 9th June, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the government will allow the opening of places of worship, pending the release of official SOPs.

The SOP and guidelines for non-Muslim places of worship is expected to be out today, 19th May.

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