Social events, such as wedding receptions, birthday and anniversary events, and reunions, will be allowed to be held from July 1 onwards.

Senior minister (security cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob, in his COVID-19 related press briefing today, said however, such functions must abide by strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

"The time limit for the events will be between 3 and 5 hours only, and the attendance will be capped to a maximum of 250 people at one time.

"This too, would depend on the size of the venue. If a venue is smaller, then the pax will have to be lesser, in order to abide by social distancing rules," he said.

Buffet meals will be allowed, subject to conditions, he added.

According to him, the buffet will have to be served by catering staff, who must wear face masks, among others.

"The guests cannot take their own food, to minimise contact. The best option would be table-served food.

"The guests must have their body temperatures screened and jot down their details at the venue entrance," he said, adding that all attendance must be recorded, to facilitate contact tracing, in case of a breakout of the viral disease.

Ismail also stressed that people with flu-like symptoms, and fever, will not be allowed to enter such functions.

"Everyone, the hosts, guests and staff on duty, are encouraged to wear face masks.

"All organisers must abide by these SOPs, and if they find it difficult to follow, then I suggest them not to proceed."

The government 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.

Besides social events, daycare centres and cinemas, as well as swimming polls, have also been allowed to resume operations from July 1.

The COVID-19 outbreak has thus far infected 8,590 people in Malaysia, and killed 121.

Globally, the disease has infected more than 9.3 million people and close to 480,000 have died from it.

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