KUCHING: In light of the recent spike in Covid-19 cases, the Chinese New Year (CNY) standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) is a welcomed guideline for the community and should be strictly complied with.
Federation of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions Chinese Associations president Datuk Richard Wee said this guideline would serve as a uniform SOP to be followed by all associations in the coming CNY period.
“I urge the Chinese community to strictly adhere to the guidelines in assisting the government to fight the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said when contacted today (Jan 16).
“We can always have our celebration once the pandemic is brought under control. So we should all stay safe and be strong. We are all determined to get through this together,” he said.
Earlier on Friday (Jan 15), SDMC released details on the SOP for the upcoming CNY celebration, including a list of prohibited activities such as lion dance performances, open houses, house visiting, family reunions in hotels or restaurants, and CNY celebration at temples or public locations.
Only immediate family members are permitted to have CNY eve dinner, with not more than 20 people attending.
In addition, CNY celebrations are only permitted on the first day and this is also restricted to immediate family members with a maximum of 20 attendees.