Postpone gatherings or scale it down, Sabah govt advises after rise in Covid-19 cases

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has advised the public to consider holding gatherings or social events on a smaller scale, or postpone them entirely for the moment due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases here.

Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said this was in reference to activities such as engagement and wedding receptions or religious ceremonies like “aqiqah”,”doa selamat” and “tahlil”, as well as birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, retreats and other celebrations.

“Taking into consideration the current worrying situation, the state government would like to remind those organising events and social activities to cooperate by fully adhering to the set standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“We also suggest that such ceremonies be held moderately or postpone it for the time being,” he said in a statement on the daily Covid-19 developments in Sabah on Saturday (April 10).

He also reminded the people that these activities are prohibited in areas under the movement control order and enhanced MCO.

He reiterated that those planning to hold such events are encouraged to register through the Sabah Trace app to ease the monitoring of SOPs by the authorities.

“Stern action will be taken including issuing compounds up to RM10,000 to those found breaching the SOP,” he stressed.

Sabah saw 131 new cases Saturday, with no fatalities recorded.

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