Limited attendance now allowed at S'wak churches and temples in green and yellow zones

KUCHING: Non-Muslim houses of worship in green and yellow zones in Sarawak are now allowed to open for prayers during the conditional movement control order, which has been extended to March 1.

According to the updated guidelines issued by the state disaster management committee, attendance is limited to 100 people at one time subject to the size of the house of worship.

"Other activities like cultural activities, funeral services, wedding services, meetings, seminars, courses and others are not allowed," it said, adding that the houses of worship must comply with the SOP for the prevention and control of Covid-19.

The guidelines also stated that houses of worship in orange or red zones were still not allowed to open but could conduct live-streaming of their services, except in areas placed under the enhanced MCO.

Not more than 12 live-streaming crew or committee members are allowed to be present.

Red zones are districts with more than 40 local transmissions of Covid-19 in the last 14 days, orange zones 21 to 40, yellow zones one to 20 and green zones with none.

As of Feb 15,12 of the state's 40 districts were categorised as green zones and 15 as yellow zones, while three were orange and 10 red zones.

Sarawak is currently under the conditional MCO, which has been extended from Feb 15 to March 1.

Previously, houses of worship were not allowed to open during the conditional MCO in the state from Jan 18 to Feb 14.

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