Ismail Sabri: Visits allowed only on first day of festivals

PUTRAJAYA (May 13): The National Security Council (NSC) has decided to limit visits in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Pesta Kaamatan and Hari Gawai to only the first day of the festivals in view of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), Bernama reported today.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pictured) said the visits should involve only close family members and up to a maximum of 20 people per day.

“This maximum number of 20 people per day is also subject to the size of the residence to ensure social distancing procedures can be practised. For example, for a 600 sq ft flat, having 20 together is too many and difficult for observing social distancing. So, maybe the number needs to be reduced (in this case).

“Do observe the standard operating procedure (SOP) on healthcare practices like wearing of face masks, using hand sanitisers and washing hands with soap during visitations,” he told a daily press conference on the CMCO here today.

Ismail Sabri said the people should adhere to these practices to avoid a resurgence of Covid-19 cases as had happened in other countries.

“We do not wish to see the situation in Bahrain, in which 16 people from the same family were infected with Covid-19 after attending a family iftar (breaking of fast) ceremony.

“The same thing occurred in New Jersey, (the United States of) America where four family members died after attending a family event,” Malaysiakini reported Ismail Sabri saying.

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