Selangor Journal
Cleaning personnel applying decontamination spray in the main chamber for the upcoming Deepavali festival, at Kuil Sri Maha Mariamman in Seksyen 7, Shah Alam. Photo BERNAMA.

Deepavali prayers at temples to be allowed according to capacity

By Zareef Muzammil

SHAH ALAM, Oct 26 — Hindus in Selangor who have been fully vaccinated will be permitted to participate in prayers at temples for Deepavali early next month.

However it is limited to 50 per cent of the venue’s capacity, and the temple’s breadth, said Selangor Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Sikh, and Taoist Special Committee’s (Limas) V. Ganabatirau.

He said the standard operating procedures (SOP) which the National Unity Ministry has agreed to, does not allow for children under the age of 12 to attend.

“If the building can accomodate 100 people, then only 50 will be allowed. The temple’s management must play a role in advising the people properly, for collective safety,” he said in a press conference yesterday.

Ganabatirau also remided all Hindus to be cautious when celebrating Deepavali, by observing the SOPs and in so doing, avoiding a Deepavali cluster.

“Do not regard the SOPs as troublesome. We must remember all the guidelines that have been issued are not for anyone else’s interests but yours and your loved ones,” he said.

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