Nod for churches, temples to reopen but at one-third capacity


Churches will have to cap their congregants to only one-third of capacity. – Bernama photo.

By Chew Lip Song

ALL non-Muslim places of worship are allowed to reopen but must observe strict health protocols, including limiting their congregants to only one-third of capacity.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Special Cabinet meeting today gave the approval to 5,230 non-Muslim houses of worship nationwide to reopen following earlier discussions with 16 religious organisations.

“The final approval and the reopening date are still subject to the respective state governments and the standard operating procedures (SOPs), including the use of the MySejahtera app or online registration,” he said during a Covid-19 media briefing.

He added that the same rule applies to mosques and surau, except those located in Covid-19 red zones.

Before this, only 174 non-Muslim houses of worship in green zones were allowed to operate, with a maximum of 30 people allowed at any one time.

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