Visitors to graves capped at eight among family members during Qing Ming in Sarawak

KUCHING: Not more than eight family members will be allowed to visit graves to observe the Qing Ming festival from March 20 to April 14 in Sarawak.

According to the standard operating procedures (SOP) released by the state disaster management committee, visits to cemeteries can only take place between 4am and noon.

The SOP also allows only two family members to visit columbariums or memorial halls, with the visiting times fixed between 8am and 4pm.

In addition, those observing Qing Ming are not allowed to travel between zones in the state. They must also comply with Covid-19 prevention and control measures, including wearing face masks, physical distancing, hand sanitising and attendance registration.

Individuals with symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat and breathing difficulties are not allowed to visit cemeteries, columbariums or memorial halls.

Senior citizens, children below 12 years and individuals with chronic diseases are not encouraged to attend the rituals.

The committee had decided on Wednesday (March 17) to allow Qing Ming to be observed with strict compliance to the SOP.

Qing Ming is a traditional Chinese festival marked by the cleaning of graves as a sign of respect and honour for deceased relatives.

It falls on April 4 this year and the rituals can be carried out two weeks before or after the actual date.

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