Putrajaya had announced that families planning to get together for Hari Raya this year would only be allowed on the first day of the Islamic festival and only 20 people would be allowed, depending on the size of the house, and only comprising family members.
However, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah urging Muslims to celebrate the festive season in their own homes and avoid visitors during Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
“We would like to advocate and advise the public to have a homely and closed-door Hari Raya. This is unprecedented, but at least we can protect our families. That’s the most important thing,” he said at a press conference today.
He suggests families could even introduce a curfew of their own at home to prevent outsiders from visiting them. Especially those from red-zone areas who are planning to visit family members to refrain from doing so, adding that this is to protect their families and the surrounding communities.
“You need to protect the elderly and the vulnerable people at home. This is something you can do: curfew your own home, and perhaps not visit other homes.
“These are some of the initiatives the public can take. If we take all the precautionary measures, I’m sure we can prevent transmissions of Covid-19,” he said.
Dr. Noor Hisham added that Putrajaya’s limit of 20 people for family get-togethers on the first day of Aidilfitri was relative to the size of the house in question. He also issued a reminder that visitors should comprise family members, not friends.
“Just forget about the number. What’s more important is to comply with the SOPs, the 3Cs (avoiding crowded places, confined spaces and close conversations) and 3Ws (wash, wear a mask, and warn others).
He said parents with limited space at home should advise their children not to visit for Aidilfitri, and communicate through video-conferencing instead.
This is a unique and unprecedented Hari Raya, but if we all play our part, we can break the Covid-19 transmission in this country.
Check out this brilliant video that Dr. Noor Hisham shared in his Facebook.
Source : The Star