Social events, including wedding receptions, engagement parties, reunion gatherings and religious events, can be held from July 1st onwards, says Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said standard operating procedures (SOP’s) such as the maximum number of attendees at 250 people, social distancing and registration of guests must be followed by those planning for social gatherings.

“We have decided to put a limit to how long these events can be held, which is between three and five hours. We believe the time given is sufficient to host events, ” he said in his regular briefing today.

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Ismail said that food can be served buffet-style provided there are servers to manage the food, rather than the guests taking the food themselves.

Guests will have to have their temperature checked before entering the event venue and register the via MySejahtera app or record attendance manually.

food can be served buffet-style provided there are servers to manage the food

“Those with symptoms such as cough and flu are advised not to attend social gatherings and it is best if everyone present has a face mask on, ” he said.

Ismail said while social events will now be allowed, organisers should not host one if they feel that they cannot control the crowd and ensure social distancing among guests.

“Remember that police are monitoring and checking to ensure the SOP’s are followed. If you can’t be sure that you can handle the crowd, then it is best not to organize social events,” he said.

Source: TheStar