The limit on attendance at social events and gatherings will be lifted from July 15, Putrajaya announced today.

Senior minister (security cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob, in a briefing this afternoon said the lifting of limit will also apply to houses of worship.

Previously, only 250 pax were allowed at meetings, conferences, and social gatherings, such as weddings and birthday functions. As for houses of worship, both Muslim and non-Muslim alike, the attendance was capped at one-third of the premise's space.

Elaborating, Ismail said from July 15 onwards, the number of pax allowed at gatherings and functions will be subject to the size of the venue, with social distancing measures in place.

For example, if a venue can accommodate up to 1,000 people, the organiser can allow up to 800 people at one time, provided social distancing is observed.

The management of mosques and non-Muslim houses of worship should also follow the same concept, Ismail added.

The country is currently under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) until August 31, where a lot of initially imposed restrictions have been gradually loosened, in light of decreasing COVID-19 cases in the country.

The COVID-19 outbreak has thus far infected 8,683 people in Malaysia, and killed 121.

Globally, the disease has infected more than 12.4 million people and over 557,000 people have died from it.


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