MoH issues CNY guidelines

James Kon

The Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday issued a detailed set of guidelines for the Chinese New Year (CNY) festivities, which include holding private events with immediate family members.

“Although the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations will be different from previous years, it is hoped that this year’s celebrations can still be conducted with joy and safely among loved ones and family members. What is important is to always practise our social responsibility to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic,” said the MoH statement.

Those with large families are permitted to hold private events at banquet halls in hotels or restaurants, as long as the guidelines are adhered to, including the provision of hand sanitisers and conducting temperature checks at the premises.

Attendance should be limited to 350 people. Lion dances are permitted, but BruHealth QR code must be obtained in advance for the performance venues.

Dance troupe members and attendees are required to scan the BruHealth QR code when entering and exiting the premises.

Those with signs of infection, or who feel unwell, are not allowed to visit or be visited by immediate family members.

The practice of shaking hands and hugging should be avoided; it is sufficient to signal a greeting by placing the hand on the chest, giving a smile or nodding the head as a sign of respect. Avoid making physical contact or touching others.

Ensure that the surrounding environment is clean and that personal hygiene is maintained at all times, especially hand hygiene. Practise proper coughing and sneezing etiquette at all times. Avoid sharing cutlery such as spoons, forks, plates and cups, the statement added.