By Mei Kuan
The Ministry of National Unity today outlined the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the celebration of Chinese New Year which falls on February 1 and 2 this year.
According to the media statement posted on its official Facebook page, the celebration is subject to the following terms:
- Family reunion dinner is allowed on January 31.
- Prayers at non-Islamic houses of worship are allowed on February 1 and 2 following the SOPs for Phase 4 of the National recovery Plan.
Special prayers of the Hokkien Clan are allowed on February 8 and 9 as follows:
- Special prayers of the Hokkien Clan at non-Islamic houses of worship are allowed following the SOPs for Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan.
- Religious activities at respective house premises at night are allowed following the Chinese New Year tradition of the Hokkien Clan.
Chap Goh Mei prayers are allowed on February 15 at non-Islamic houses of worship following the SOPs for Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan.
Visiting activities are allowed.
As for Chinese New Year receptions:
- It is only allowed for those with invitations – members of the public who do not get invitations are not allowed.
- It cannot be held in continuous sessions like an open house.
- It is permitted at 50% space capacity with physical distancing.
Performances of lion dance, dragon dance and tiger dance are allowed following the SOPs of the Creative Industry (Live Performance) of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia.
Minister of National Unity, Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique reminded those celebrating to follow the new norm, always abide by the set SOPs, put on face masks, take care of personal hygiene and ensure physical distancing.
The full statement can be viewed from the Ministry of National Unity’s official Facebook page.