No limit to number of people in social gatherings and places of worship starting July 15


PUTRAJAYA: There will no longer be a limit as to how many people can attend a conference, social gathering or prayers in mosques or places of worship starting July 15, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The Senior Minister said the special Cabinet committee has agreed to allow event organisers, wedding hosts and mosques to determine how many people can participate depending on the size of the event space, with social distancing put in practice.

Previously, the government only allowed a maximum of 250 people to be present at meetings, conferences and social gatherings such as weddings, while mosques and other places of worship could only allow one-third of its space to be filled by the congregation.

“With the latest decision, we leave it to the organisers. For instance, if the banquet hall can fill up to 1,000 guests for a wedding, and if with social distancing in place, it can accommodate 800 people, then the event can be attended by the said number of guests.

“The same goes for those attending prayers at mosques and other places of worship. We are no longer limiting one-third of the prayer hall to be filled. Now, these places can take in more people provided there is social distancing among the congregation.

“What needs to be complied by organisers, hosts and management of mosques and places of worship is social distancing,” he said.
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