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Screen shot of Visitation Church in Seremban from the church website.

Visitation Church doing survey as rules on places of worship may be relaxed

May 20, 2020: The Visitation Church in Seremban is carrying out a survey to find out how many of its parishioners are aged between 16 and 70. This appears to be a move to list those who are likely to be allowed to attend masses in the church building once the Movement Control Order is relaxed and churches are allowed to be open for masses.

The survey is being done through WhatsApp messages sent to BECs to find out the ages of parishioners regardless of whether they live in Seremban or outside. Those outside the age range are presumed to be at a higher risk of a Covid-19 infection.

Strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the reopening of certain mosques and surau were issued last week to control the spread of Covid-19.

As for places of worship of non-Muslims, they are expected to be allowed to be open either once or at the most two days in a week, according to Malaysiakini which quoted an official from the Malaysia Hindu Sangam who attended an online National Security Council action committee meeting recently.

The NSC is expected to make an announcement on the SOPs for the reopening of non-Muslim places of worship on Thursday (tomorrow). “Places of worship will not be allowed to be opened daily for the public but only on one or two important days in a week, with limited prayer hours and a limited number of devotees,” said the official.