Recovery MCO: Four non-Muslim houses of worship given green light to open in Johor

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020

JOHOR BARU: Four non-Muslim houses of worship in Johor would be allowed to open during the recovery movement control order (MCO).

State unity, trade and consumer affairs committee chairman Dr Chong Fat Full (pic) said that starting from Wednesday (June 10), the four houses of worship at green zones would be allowed to open its doors to the public while adhering to several standard operating procedures.

He said that the four non-Muslims houses of worship are the Berean Assembly of God church in Batu Pahat, Kulai First Assembly of God church and the Tabernacle of Christ church in Kulai as well as the Muar Gudwara Sahib in Muar.

"To ensure the Covid-19 disease does not spread at these houses of worship, several safety measures must be taken.

"This includes ensuring the one-metre social distancing is observe, compulsory use of facemasks and ensuring that there are ample hand sanitizers or places to wash hands available," he said in a statement released here on Wednesday (June 10).

He added that the committees managing the premises are also required to ensure devotees understand and abide by the guidelines.

"Children below the age of 12, senior citizens aged 70 and above as well as those with symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose and difficulties breathing are not allowed to enter.

"Meanwhile, those with health issues such as diabetes and cancer are not encouraged to visit," he said.

He added that the premise would only be allowed to have a maximum of 30 people in it at one time and should undergo disinfection process twice a day.

"The National Unity Ministry has appointed officers from the National Unity and Integration department to monitor the houses of worship and ensure that they abide by the standard operating procedures.

"The ministry will be working together with the state government to coordinate the opening of non-Muslims houses of worship at the local council level.

"Applications for the opening of non-Muslims houses of worship must go through the religious bodies or associations of the respective faith that would then be forwarded to the ministry," he said.

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