Non-Muslim places of worship to reopen in green zones from June 10


PUTRAJAYA: Non-Muslim houses of worship will be permitted to reopen on June 10, but only in the green zones, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

However, he said, they must comply with the standard operating procedure (SOP) set including the number of those present should not exceed 30 people and is subject to the size of the place of worship.

“If a house of worship is small and cannot accommodate 30 people, then the number of people attending should be less, people should not crowd together,” he said at a press conference here yesterday.

In addition, Ismail Sabri said senior citizens of 70 years old and above, and children of 12 years old and below are not permitted to attend.

Body temperature screening, the use of hand sanitisers and the wearing of face masks were also part of the SOP, he added.

Permission to use these houses of worship will only be granted to Malaysians, and only be opened on auspicious days according to the respective religions.

“For example Christians go to church on Sundays, so only Sundays are permitted,” he said.

Ismail Sabri said it was agreed at yesterday’s meeting to waive 50 per cent of the hotel quarantine charges for people with disabilities who are returning from abroad, while members of the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme still have to bear the full quarantine charge of RM150 per day.

On Tuesday, Ismail Sabri said that from June 1, all Malaysians overseas who want to return home would have to pay 50 per cent of the RM150 per day for hotels converted to Covid-19 quarantine centres while non-citizens will be charged 100 per cent. —  Bernama