In a press conference yesterday (27 April), the Health Ministry (KKM) has announced a list of protocols for the upcoming Hari Raya celebrations.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that Aidilfitri special prayers and open houses are allowed to operate at full capacity.
However, he reminded that the congregation must always put on a face mask while being in the mosque or surau, and while in prayer.
“Indoor Hari Raya celebrations or open houses can be organised but attendees must put on a face mask. Positive individuals cannot attend and those with symptoms are not encouraged to attend,” Khairy said.
The government has also allowed “takbir raya” in mosques and surau, as well as from house to house with face masks being worn.
“It is encouraged that only individuals who show no symptoms participate in takbir raya, and positive cases are not allowed to join.”
Meanwhile, Khairy said that Covid-19 positive individuals will not be allowed to participate in solat sunat Aidilfitri, and individuals who are symptomatic are not encouraged to participate.
The public is also allowed to visit graves but they are still required to put on their face mask.
“These protocols are as a general guideline. However, it is subject to regulations and standard operating procedures (SOP) by the state religious authorities.”
“This Aidilfitri is a blessing for us to celebrate with our families, relatives and friends after two years battling the Covid-19 pandemic.”
“Therefore, in transitioning to the endemic phase, it is our responsibility to ensure that the festivity does not end in harm,” Khairy said.
Meanwhile, he stressed that this freedom does not mean that the country has won the war against the virus. He then advised the public to conduct self-tests before returning to their hometowns to protect those who were vulnerable.
He also reminded that the unvaccinated children and the elderly, especially those with comorbidities, were at higher risk of getting severe Covid-19 infection
“We are still in a pandemic, so we still need to be alert and be careful. The Health Ministry will continue to monitor developments internationally, especially on new variants that may impact pandemic management.”
“But insyaAllah, (the situation is) controlled. After two years of not being able to return to their hometowns, the Health Ministry has done our best, so go home and enjoy Hari Raya.” he said.