ACTIVITIES and cultural celebrations planned earlier by the Penang tourism, arts, culture and heritage committee are cancelled until the end of this year.
Its chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said other than Penang Bridge International Marathon (PBIM 2020) which was held as a virtual run due to Covid-19, all other cultural events planned for the year will be cancelled.
“This includes Penang International Dragon Boat Festival from Dec 5 to 6, Penang Pesta Chingay Festival on Dec 12 and Seberang Prai Chingay Parade on Dec 19.
“All these events will not be held at the end of this year.
“This is in response to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin extending the recovery movement control order period to Dec 31.
“This decision was made considering huge gatherings are not encouraged for the time being to prevent new Covid cluster cases.
“Besides, it is hard to ensure physical distancing during these programmes as there will be hundreds of people involved, including participants and the event organisers, ” he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Yeoh said that all tourism activities to be held need to adhere to existing SOPs in line with the Responsible Tourism campaign.
“It is not easy to regain green status. As such, I would like to remind everyone to always adhere to the SOPs.
“We should not let our guard down to stop emergence of new cases, ” he said.