Houses of worship in Sarawak can now reopen

Sarawak church

THE Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has given the greenlight for houses of worship to reopen with 50 per cent capacity or 50 worshippers, whichever is lower.

The SDMC in collaboration with Sarawak’s Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) has come up with the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the reopening, which includes limiting the worship hours from 6am to 8pm.

Religious figures like priests and monks must also be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before the re-opening of their houses of worship.

Weddings are now allowed to be held in these houses of worship, subject to a maximum attendance of 25 people while activities like courses, seminars and cultural programmes continue to be banned.

These sacred places are also required to set up a counter for visitors to have their body temperature taken and register their presence as well as prepare hand sanitisers.

The elderly with chronic illnesses are discouraged from visiting these places while children under 12 are banned altogether.