With Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year coming up, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced a new SOP that could be co-related. Beginning Feb 10, restaurants are allowed to accept dine-ins again with two conditions.
1) Dine-in will be limited to two people per table
2) There has to be a one metre distance from the other diners
All other existing SOPs will still need to be complied. “Restaurant owners must also ensure sufficient workers to monitor the entry of customers and registration of personal details via MySejahtera or manually,” he says.
“There must not be overcrowding in the restaurant and physical distancing must be maintained at all times,” he adds.
Malaysians were both displeased and humored when the government announced its Chinese New Year 2021 SOPs during MCO 2.0. After countless hilarious memes and outspoken responses, the National Unity Ministry has announced today that the annual reunion dinner on Chinese New Year eve is now “allowed”.
Where previously it was only limited to family members living under the same roof or at the nearest night market, now it’s limited to families living within 10km of each, within the same district or state.
In addition, every reunion dinner on February 11 is allowed a maximum of 15 close relatives.
The ministry’s statement further stated: “The meeting also agreed that religious activities within houses of worship on February 11, 12 and 19 are also allowed subject to strict compliance of the SOP.”
The Star elaborates the ministry’s statement as per below:
“The number of worshippers must not exceed 30 people at any one time and they must also wear face masks and maintain physical distancing.
“The duration for prayers is 30mins, which will be followed by sanitisation for 30mins before the next prayer time.
“The prayer time will start from 6am until 2pm.
“Prayer activities on Feb 19 are permitted at the compounds of each other’s homes during the night based on the tradition of the Chinese New year for the Hokkien clan,” the ministry said in a statement.
Here are some of the best Twitter reactions to the initial CNY SOPs:
So during this MCO, I cannot visit my parents for CNY as we live in different houses but it’s okay.My family and extended relatives are all meeting up to at least say hi and exchange angpows.At the nearest pasar malam.
— Dr Jason Leong (@DrJasonLeong) February 4, 2021
The CNY SOPs is a joke.When is a reunion dinner not a reunion dinner?When it’s the same family members in the same house. Don’t they meet daily? Why is there a special SOP?The same with visits. Why should a family in one house visit each other? They live togetherlah. Gila. pic.twitter.com/vFEA04PrdX
— Jahabar Sadiq (@jsadiq) February 4, 2021
CNY now meansCelebrate Next Year pic.twitter.com/cnfFdrbgRO
— Amar-Singh HSS (@DrAmarMOH) February 4, 2021
CNY SOP: visiting allowed but only for family from the same household. Maybe each person stay in different rooms then they go visit each other in the same house during CNY. That’s what they meant.
— (@ayshardzn) February 4, 2021
This CNY, for the first time ever, my house won’t be hosting any reunion dinner or open house. I’ll be hosting a pasar malam. LAI LAI LAI!
— Phoon Chi Ho (@chihohoho) February 4, 2021
A CNY Reunion Dinner for members of the same household in the same house is called … dinner.
— EJ (@NegaraKlang) February 4, 2021
So the government doesn’t even know reunion is held on 11 Feb .. a day before CNY? pic.twitter.com/6Hyl3cbpLv
— Agent (@ruffleseed) February 5, 2021
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