PUTRAJAYA: A special ministerial meeting has given the green light for 174 non-Muslim places of worship to reopen under strict Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) from June 10.
The approved places are only those within Covid-19 green zones - which means churches and temples in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are still not allowed to open.
Based on a 13-page list issued by the National Unity Ministry, approval was given to one Buddhist place of worship (Ipoh Buddhist Centre), three Roman Catholic churches, 64 Evangelical churches, 84 Hindu temples, eight Sikh gurdwara and 14 Taoist houses of worship.
The ministry said in a statement Thursday (May 28) that according to the SOP, the maximum number of people allowed during a service at one time is 30 - depending on the size of the approved house of worship.
The ministry also said marriage ceremonies at temples, churches or religious associations have been postponed to July 31, based on a letter by the National Registration Department director-general dated May 12.
As for the reopening of other places of worship, the ministry said applications must be made through their respective religious bodies after June 10.
“Applications that are made will be brought up by the ministry to the special Cabinet meeting, which will issue approvals from time to time, ” the ministry said.
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