No open house in Sarawak but family members allowed to visit each other

KUCHING: There will be no open house this Hari Raya but households can host their immediate family members, except in areas under the enhanced movement control order, says the Sarawak Islamic Council.

Guidelines issued by the council stipulated that those in conditional MCO areas could receive close family members from the first to 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.

However, it said all Hari Raya activities would be prohibited in enhanced MCO areas in the state.

They included Aidilfitri prayers in mosques and surau, receiving guests and visiting graves.

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.

For areas under the conditional MCO, the council said Aidilfitri prayers would be allowed in mosques, surau and other approved premises, with the congregation size based on the capacity with physical distancing of one metre.

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 limited to five family members only at one time.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is expected to fall on May 13.

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