SOPs for social activities take effect July 1

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah

KUCHING: The Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) has released the latest standard operating procedure (SOPs) for social activities such as wedding receptions, engagements, thanksgiving, anniversaries and other social activities which will take effect on July 1, 2020.

In the guideline released yesterday, it stated that social events are recommended to be held in a closed-off hall in order to facilitate crowd control, and the venue or hall must be disinfected before and after the event is held.

Attendance is also limited to 250 people depending on the capacity of the venue or hall, after taking into account the implementation of the one-metre social distancing.

Social activities are also limited to three to five hours only.

It stated that only invited guests are allowed to attend said social activities, and guests must be over the age of 12. Guests who are over the age of 70 are not advised to attend.

Any attendee (guests, those on duty, or employees) who has symptoms of fever, cough, cold or temperature above 37.5 degree Celsius is prohibited from attending any social events.

On food preparation, it is either served using a dome or buffet style where the caterer serves the food to guests.

It is not recommended to drink alcoholic beverages but should the need arises, it should be at a moderate level. Sharing of food utensils such as cups, spoons, forks, dishes and bowls is not allowed.

Unifor also said all activities involving physical contact are prohibited.

All attendees must also make sure to use face masks at all time; wash hands with soap or hand sanitiser; avoid shaking hands; and fill in the attendance list by writing in the guest book or by scanning the QR code via the MySejahtera or CovidTrace mobile applications.

Gatherings before and after the event are also not allowed and all attendees must leave the venue once the event is over.

In addition, event organisers must adapt to these fixed guidelines and are encouraged to refer to the social activities implementation SOPs issued by the Ministry of Local Government and Housing.

Unifor mentioned that the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) may revoke approval of organising social activities in the event any organisers fail to comply with the guidelines.

It said the SDMC may also amend or revise the guidelines from time to time.