The government has allowed ceremonial temple weddings to take place under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) areas, provided strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) are followed.

According to the Malaysia Hindu Sangam, a maximum number of 30 people will be allowed to attend the ceremony.

This 30-pax will included the temple's priest, assistant, musicians, as well as temple committee members.

"All basic standard operating procedures (SOPs) must be strictly adhered to and no reception is allowed after the wedding ceremony," said a statement posted on the organization's official website.

On Tuesday, Senior Minister (security cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that weddings in CMVO areas will be allowed, and attendees from non-CMCO areas will also be allowed to attend the ceremony.

The decision was taken after taking into consideration, the losses incurred by cancelled weddings, he said.

Weddings held at housing areas and hotels should be monitored by People's Volunteer Corps (RELA) personnel, and hotel management, respectively.

Two RELA personnel will have to be stationed at weddings with less than 100 guests, while three and four personnel will be needed with ceremonies with between 100 and 300 pax, and above 500 guests, respectively, Ismail said.

"Guests attending the wedding from non-CMCO areas should present the wedding invitation at the road block," he told a recent press conference.

All guests will also have to abide by the SOPs set, such as practising physical distancing, wearing face masks, and recording their body temperatures and personal details to facilitate contact tracing, in case of a break out.

Dining tables should also be set two metres apart from each other, and group photos are prohibited.

All states, except Perlis, Pahang, and Kelantan are under CMCO until Dec 6, 2020, following a spike in COVID-19 cases.

As of Tuesday, Malaysia has recorded a total of 42,050 COVID-19 cases, and 300 deaths from the disease.

The global infection and death tally from the coronavirus has surpassed 51.8 millon, and 1.27 million, respectively.


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