KOTA KINABALU, December 18 – The Government of the State of Sabah will allow home visits in conjunction with Christmas and New Year celebrations, in accordance with standard operating procedures (SOP), provided all visitors have completed their immunizations against Covid-19.
Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the duration of each visit should not exceed three hours with 30-minute intervals for disinfection work before the next visit.
Sabah Covid-19 spokesperson said the head of the house should ensure visitors log in using the MySejahtera app or a visitor log, in addition to preparing scanners of temperature and hand sanitizers.
“Heads of household must ensure that visitors perform self-testing, wear face masks except when eating and drinking, practice a physical distance of one meter, with a capacity of 50% of the house, while Children under 12 are only allowed to visit with their parents who have completed their vaccinations.
“No religious or physical contact activity is allowed during visits, heads of houses and guests are responsible for their observance of SOPs during celebrations,” he said in a statement this evening.
Sabah has announced Dec. 24 and 25 as holidays for Christmas celebrations this year.
Masidi said the state government has also set the SOP for Christmas celebrations at non-Muslim places of worship, including opening times from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and limiting worshipers to those who have completed their vaccinations.
He said prayers were limited to two hours with 30-minute intervals for disinfection work before the next session, with attendance limited to 50% capacity and a physical distance of one meter.
“Members of the management committee (of places of worship) and congregants with chronic illnesses are not permitted to attend and participants must bring their own prayer materials. Religious parades and ceremonies, as well as physical contact activities are not permitted.
“Members of the management committee should ensure that visitors log in with MySejahtera or a visitor’s log, wear face masks, sanitize their hands and comply with other SOPs,” he said.
Masidi also said Sabah had recorded 237 new cases of Covid-19 today, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 238,357, with 426 recoveries, for a total of 229,833 in the state, adding that 804 patients were still being treated.― Bernama