No Raya open houses in S'wak, households can host immediate family except in EMCO areas

KUCHING: Hari Raya open houses will not be allowed in Sarawak but households can host their immediate family for the celebration, except in areas under an enhanced movement control order.

According to guidelines issued by the Sarawak Islamic Council, those in conditional MCO areas can receive their closest family members from the first to the seventh day of Syawal.

"The number of guests is limited to 50% of the home's capacity with physical distancing," the council said in a statement Wednesday (May 5).

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is expected to fall on May 13.

The council also said Aidilfitri prayers were allowed in mosques, surau and approved premises in conditional MCO areas, with the congregation size based on the capacity with physical distancing of 1m.

Congregants must have their temperature checked, record their attendance via MySejahtera or manually, wear face masks at all times, bring their own prayer mats and avoid physical greetings.

The council said visits to graves were not encouraged in view of the current Covid-19 situation.

Nevertheless, it said any necessary grave visits must not exceed 20 minutes and are limited to five family members only at one time.

The council also said all Hari Raya activities are prohibited in areas placed under the enhanced MCO.

These include Aidilfitri prayers in mosques and surau, receiving guests and visiting graves.

"In enhanced MCO areas, the prayers can only be conducted at home with immediate family," the council said.

Sarawak is currently under the conditional MCO but various localities, including villages and longhouses, have been placed under the enhanced MCO as a targeted measure to contain the spread of Covid-19.

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