Christmas is just a week away and while we enjoy this festive season, we need to keep in mind that the Covid-19 virus does not take a holiday.
Meanwhile, the National Unity Ministry had on Thursday (16 December) issued a statement that details the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the upcoming Christmas celebration on 24 and 25 December.
It is said that choir performances in churches in conjunction with Christmas are allowed on condition that those involved practise physical distancing of at least 1 metre and wear face masks or face shields.
The National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamad Sadique also said the SOP was approved at the Quartet Ministers on Covid-19 Meeting on Thursday (16 December).
Meanwhile, prayer ceremonies are allowed according to the SOP for Opening of Non-Muslim Houses of Worship under the National Recovery Plan.
However, it is said that only those who have been fully vaccinated are allowed to make family visits during Christmas.
House-to-house carolling is prohibited and stalls for Christmas Day sales can be set up, but subject to the approval and control of local authorities.
Halimah then reminded Christians to celebrate Christmas under the new normal by always abide to the SOPs, including wearing face masks and practising physical distancing. This is help curb the Covid-19 spread in the country.
We wish everybody a joyful holiday season and most importantly, stay safe!