Lion dances can go ahead during CNY

A dragon dance performance in full swing at a Chinese temple in Klang. File Photo: Bernama

KUCHING: Lion dance activities will be allowed throughout the upcoming Lunar New Year celebration, according to the latest revised standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

The revision follows numerous appeals by various Chinese associations for SDMC to rethink the banning of lion dance performances during the annual cultural celebration.

“SDMC has approved improvements to the Chinese New Year SOP 2022 and decided that lion dance activities are allowed based on the conditions outlined in the SOP,” said SDMC.

The committee announced this in its daily Covid-19 update on Monday (Jan 24).

It said the revised SOP can be viewed on SDMC’s website at

Meanwhile, seven new Covid-19 cases were also registered in the state on Monday.

“All seven cases were asymptomatic,” said the committee.

It noted that Subis topped the list of daily infections with three new cases registered.

“The rest of the cases were detected in other districts including two in Kuching and one each in Miri and Sarikei.”

SDMC said no new deaths were reported.

“There are also no new clusters detected, with the number of clusters in the state now at zero,” it added.

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