Prayers allowed in temples on CNY first day only

The Tua Pek Kong temple in Kuching.

KUCHING: Prayer activities in temples in areas under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) and movement control order (MCO) are permitted on the first day of Chinese New Year (CNY), and for the temple’s committee members only.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), under the updated standard operating procedures (SOPs), today (Feb 7) said prayers are only limited to 12 committee members and subjected to the size of the temple.

It said the house of worship must also strictly comply with the earlier SOPs issued by SDMC through the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) dated Oct 3, 2020.

Other SOPs for CNY and Chap Goh Mei remain unchanged, whereby reunion dinners on CNY eve are allowed and it is only limited to close family members of not more than 20 people.

Visiting is allowed on the first day of CNY (Feb 12) only and is also limited to close family members (of not more than 20 people).

Activities such as lion and dragon dances, family reunion dinner at hotels or restaurants on CNY eve and celebration at temples, including CNY bazaars, are strictly prohibited.

The updated SOPs released by SDMC for temples during the first day of CNY.