No entry into the church building for members of the congregation with Covid-19 high-risk status

Bishop Simon Poh

KUCHING (April 30): Roman Catholic churches in Sarawak will still not allow congregation members with “high risk” status (red color) to be admitted to their MySejahtera, Archbishop Simon Poh has said.

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuching said this was included in Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Catholic churches from May 1.

He also said anyone with a cough, fever and flu-like symptoms should also refrain from coming to church.

He advised them to instead follow the church mass online from home until their health improves.

“Show the status of your MySejahtera to service team members on duty at the entrance of the church.

“Scanning the MySejahtera QR code is now optional. Anyone without a mobile phone can use manual check-in,” he said in a church notice today after Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced on Thursday about the Covid-19 SOP relaxations. 19.

Poh said SOPs for Catholic churches also require face masks to be worn at all times in church buildings and grounds.

He also said members of the congregation should maintain a space or gap between people seated in church, minimize touch points, bring their own hand sanitizer and consciously maintain physical distancing at all times.

“The face mask has been shown to be effective in reducing the transmission of the highly infectious coronavirus and acts as a last barrier against infection,” he said.

According to Poh, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) are adopting the Minister of Health’s new Covid-19 protocol and will not issue any new SOPs.

Unifor has also advised all houses of worship to remain vigilant against Covid-19 and to take appropriate action if they find that the safety of their premises or members is compromised in any way.

“The federal government’s easing of the Covid-19 restriction, effective May 1,
precedes a long holiday in Malaysia.

“We can anticipate more interactions between social circles during holidays and parties. As followers of Christ, it is always our responsibility to ensure the common good and the safety of all,” he said.

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