Catholic Church Halts Mass In KL, Selangor, Amid Covid Surge

By CodeBlue | 06 October 2020

Celebrations of confirmation, the first holy communion, and infant baptisms in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are also postponed under further notice, while weddings and funerals are limited to a maximum of 20 participants.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 — The Catholic Church has temporarily suspended all Mass services in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor from tomorrow, after a record high 432 Covid-19 cases were reported nationwide yesterday.

The suspension of these church services will be reviewed before October 20, according to Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese Rev Fr Michael Chua in a chancery notice today, who said Masses would continue to be live-streamed.

“Catholics residing in Kuala Lumpur and the state of Selangor are requested to refrain from travelling to neighbouring states to attend Mass to avoid the risk of transmission,” Chua said.

Parishes located in Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, and Terengganu are to continue with scheduled Masses, but non-residents travelling from other areas are not allowed to participate in these church services.

Celebrations of rituals of confirmation, the first holy communion, and infant baptisms in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor are also postponed under further notice.

Weddings in the Catholic Church in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor also should be delayed if possible, Chua said, but if this is impossible, then wedding guests are restricted to immediate family members or not more than 20 people. People in coronavirus high-risk categories, those aged 70 and above, or those with underlying medical conditions will not be allowed to attend.

As for Catholic funerals in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, only family members will be permitted to attend, with the number of attendees not exceeding 20 people. Like weddings, people in high-risk categories, aged 70 and above, or those who suffer from pre-existing conditions, will not be allowed to attend these funerals.

According to the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) 14-day moving chart, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya have recorded 16 local Covid-19 cases in the past fortnight as of yesterday, whereas Selangor has reported 83 cases. These figures exclude cases who have Sabah travel history, as well as inter-district and inter-state cases.

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