More people now allowed at religious, social gatherings

Houses of worship will no longer be required to operate at one-third capacity.

PUTRAJAYA: Houses of worship will no longer need to operate at one-third capacity while the 250-person limit for social gatherings will be lifted, Putrajaya announced today.

Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the maximum number of people at these gatherings would be set according to the size of the venue, as long as social distancing can be observed.

This will take effect from July 15 onwards.

The new ruling is applicable to events, meetings, gatherings and training sessions held in mosques and non-Muslim houses of worship.

“Ensure that basic SOPs such as social distancing and wearing of face masks are always practised, especially in public places,” he advised Malaysians at a press conference here today.

Ismail also announced the guidelines for the reopening of boarding schools today, as students gradually return to school on July 15.

Only healthy students will be allowed to return to boarding schools, he said, while beds must be 1m apart with only the bottom bunk of double-deckers allowed to be used.

Form 4 students may return from July 15, while the others will only be allowed back from Aug 3.

For primary boarding schools, particularly for those in the interiors, Year 5 and 6 students may return from July 15.

Ismail said the health ministry will conduct random Covid-19 screenings in boarding schools, including Mara Junior Science Colleges (MRSM).

He also said police detained 76 individuals yesterday for offences under the recovery movement control order, with 13 of them remanded and the remaining fined.

Their offences included visiting pubs and nightclubs, taking part in activities that made social distancing difficult and flouting SOPs.

He said 832 Malaysians returned from abroad yesterday, with five of them sent to hospital and the others allowed to conduct home quarantine.

Ismail also said Malaysian workers are allowed to leave the country for training courses under their companies as long as they obtain approval from the Immigration Department.

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