Christmas celebration in Federal Territories allowed

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Activities at non-Muslim houses of worship in Federal Territories in conjunction with the Christmas celebration are allowed based on the attendance limit set by the National Security Council (NSC), Health Ministry and the Federal Territories Ministry.

Kuala Lumpur Department of National Unity and Integration, in a statement, said the permission is in line with the standard operating procedures (SOP) and protocols on the Christmas celebration issued by NSC for the period during the recovery MCO and the conditional MCO.

Attendance for prayers is allowed up to a third of the capacity of the houses of worship or not more than 30 people per session, it said.

On Friday (Dec 18), Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that open houses and carolling in conjunction with the Christmas celebrations are not allowed throughout the country.

However, those celebrating the occasion are allowed to perform prayer ceremonies on Dec 24 and 25 in the areas under the recovery and conditional MCO.

These are among the SOP for the festival which also stipulates that visiting each other's houses is only allowed on the first day (Dec 25) in areas where the two MCOs are being enforced.- Bernama

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