Chinese New Year is about 2 weeks from now and most of us are excited to celebrate this festival with our family and relatives. However, with Covid-19 still around, here’s a reminder to stay abide by the Covid-19 prevention guidelines.
The National Unity Minister Halimah Sadique had in a press conference yesterday (19 January) announced the SOPs for Chinese New Years celebrations 2022.
Also present was the Transport minister Wee Ka Siong and he said the SOPs were endorsed by the Covid-19 quartet ministers meeting and the health ministry before being brought to the Cabinet.
Without delay, here’s the list of SOPs during the Chinese New Year celebration:
Religious activities and ceremonies
- Prayers at temples on 1 and 2 February will be allowed.
- Special prayers for Hokkien clan, which falls on 8 and 9 February, as well as prayers for Chap Goh Mei on 15 February are allowed.
Temple’s responsibility to ensure visitors comply with the SOPs
- Prepare health screening counters at the entrance, to check body temperatures and looks for symptoms such as fever, coughing, breathing difficulties, and flu.
- Check digital vaccination certificates to ensure only vaccinated visitors enter.
- Record attendance via the MySejahtera application or manually.
- Prepare hand sanitiser at the entrance and ensure everyone wears their face masks.
- Scan the MySejahtera QR code or manually record their details into a registration book at the entrance, check their body temperatures, and use hand sanitiser.
- Maintain 1-meter physical distancing at all times.
- Wear your face masks.
- Be completely vaccinated.
Family and visiting:
- Family reunion dinners will be allowed on 31 January.
- House-to-house visits are allowed.
- Chinese New Year receptions can only be held by invitation only. Those without invitations and the general public should not be allowed to participate.
- Only 50% of event space can be used in accordance with social distancing.
- Continuous celebrations such as open houses are not allowed.
- Lion dances/dragon dances/tiger dances are allowed subjected to the Creative Industry SOPs (Live Performances) by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM).