Deepavali: No temple visits for Hindus in EMCO areas – Ismail Sabri

The Hindus at the RMCO and CMCO) areas are only allowed to perform prayer rituals on the first day of Deepavali while those living in EMCO areas are forbidden to pray at the temple.
(Picture for representational purposes only). A Hindu holding a candle during the Deepavali prayer ritual at the Korttu Malai Pillayar Temple in Pudu, Kuala Lumpur. PIX: NOOREEZA HASHIM / MalaysiaGazette / 27 OCTOBER 2019.

By Norlaile Abd Rahman

KUALA LUMPUR – The Hindus at the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) and Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) areas are only allowed to perform their prayer rituals on the first day of Deepavali.

However, Hindus living in the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) areas are forbidden to pray at the temple.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, said, the inter province, district and state travel for the purpose of going back to hometown from the CMCO and EMCO areas are also not allowed.

“Sales and business activities can only be carried out at the premises permitted by the Local Authorities or relevant authorities.

“However, online sales activities are highly encouraged,” he said during a news conference today.

Following are the standard operating procedures (SOP) of the Deepavali celebration at the temples in the RMCO and CMCO areas:-

  • Providing a counter at the entrance for body temperature check and Covid-19 symptoms screening such as cough, sore throat or difficulty in breathing.
  • Record attendance using the MySejahtera mobile application or the attendance record book.
  • Devotees with chronic diseases, senior citizens and children under the age of 12 are not encouraged to attend the rituals.
  • Prayer rituals must fully adhere to the SOP of Opening of Houses of Worship issued earlier. Not more than 30 people are allowed at the same time, depending on the space of the Houses of Worship (temple) with physical distancing.
  • The prayer rituals can only be carried out from 7.00 am until 12.00 pm in 5 sessions (30 minutes each session) followed by a 30 minute break for the sanitisation process before starting a new session.
  • Desserts must be distributed in packs to the devotees and they must disband after the prayer rituals.

Deepavali celebration at residences in the RMCO and CMCO areas:-

  • Not more than 20 close family members are allowed to be at a landed residence at one time.
  • Meanwhile, for strata residences with a space less than 1,500 sqft (not more than 10 people) and for a space more than 2,500 sqft (not more than 15 people) at one time.
  • Family members / individuals are encouraged to wear face mask, ensure physical distancing of at least 1 metre and always prioritise on personal hygiene (preparing hand sanitiser / handwash).

Deepavali celebration for residences in EMCO areas:-

  • Celebration is only allowed for the family living in the same house by ensuring physical distancing, personal hygiene and avoiding 3C (crowded area, confined area and close conversation).
  • Conducting scheduled sanitisation especially on dining table and areas exposed to touches.
  • Visiting at EMCO areas are forbidden.

Sales and business activities at EMCO areas are also not allowed. –MalaysiaGazette


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