KUCHING: Those who are celebrating the coming Chinese New Year (CNY) are urged to be vigilant at all times to prevent further transmission of Covid-19 during the festive holiday.
Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said while the standard operating procedure (SOP) for Sarawak during the coming celebration has been formulated, the onus is on the celebrants to adhere to it.
“No amount of SOP or policy can prevent Chinese New Year clusters unless we all play our roles and do our part.
“We must be self-disciplined, willing to be proactive, make sacrifices and adopt the new norms. Love your family, your friends and Sarawak,” he said in a Facebook post.
This came after the SOPs for CNY outlined by the National Security Council (NSC) was panned after announcing that the customary CNY family reunion dinner and celebration in general was confined to only members of the same household.
Dr Sim appealed to the public to continue their efforts to curb Covid-19 while Sarawak was trying to contain the outbreak this year.
The SOP announced by Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) – effective only in Sarawak, allowed CNY celebration among family members limited to 20 persons.
However, open house, house-to-house visiting, lion dance, family reunion at restaurants, celebration at temples and Chinese New Year bazaars are prohibited.
It also entails the host to prepare a thermal scanner and body temperature screening tool for family members and they need to register themselves upon entry for contact tracing purposes.