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Detailed SOPs To Look Out For During The Upcoming Deepavali Celebrations In CMCO & MCO Areas

TL;DR

  • Prayers at temple are only allowed on the first day of Deepavali, strict screening will be ensued at all entrances of temples
  • Prayers are only allowed from 7AM – 12PM, with 5 sessions and max. 30 people each
  • Celebrations with immediate families at landed homes are allowed, with max. 20 people

Deepavali Celebrations Are Allowed But With Tighter SOPs

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This just announced by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob that the upcoming Deepavali celebrations at CMCO and MCO areas can be carried out this year but with strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)  to follow. With Deepavali happening next Saturday, 14 November 2020, many have been on the edge on whether celebrations can continue on. Read on to find out the full detailed SOPs.

  • Prayer sessions can only be held on the first day
  • Inter-district and interstate travel is still not allowed. No one can leave CMCO and EMCO areas and vice versa for those wanting to enter the area.

For Temples:

  • Counter at the front for temperate check and to ensure visitors have no visible symptoms
  • MySejahterah scan for every visitors
  • Elderly and children not encouraged to join
  • Temples can only have maximum 30 people (per session)
  • Prayers can only be held from 7AM to 12PM; 5 different sessions with interval of 30minutes between each session for sanitisation and disinfection of premises
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  • Celebrations at landed home are allowed for immediate family members, maximum 20 people per house (CMCO)
  • Businesses can proceed per usual but online business is encouraged

Meanwhile, EMCO areas will have to keep celebrations to immediate family in the house instead. No visitations are allowed in the premise and no businesses are allowed to operate at EMCO areas.

Remain Vigilant & Stay Safe

It’s great news for those celebrating Deepavali this year that the celebration won’t be canceled. However, do take note of the SOPs that have to be taken into account and remain vigilant of your surroundings as always. If you’re heading to temple for prayers, have your face masks on at all times. Happy Deepavali and stay safe!

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