Covid-19: Sabah Church Suspends Mass after Parishioner Tests Positive

KOTA KINABALU: The Church of Mary Immaculate (CMI) in Bukit Padang here has suspended masses for two weeks after one of its parishioners was found positive for Covid-19.

CMI parish priest Father Paul Lo said on Tuesday (Aug 4) that although the church was not required to close, he decided it was the best move to take, considering the situation.

He said that the Health Ministry confirmed that a parishioner who attended the English masses on July 19 and 26 tested positive for Covid-19,

“The Health Ministry, in fact, told us that because we have been adhering strictly to the SOPs, there was no need to close the church.

“But I feel it is better for us to stop masses for two weeks, beginning tomorrow until Aug 18, ” he said, adding that the decision was made by the church.

About 250 people attended the masses, and the name lists have been handed over to health authorities.

A letter issued by CMI and signed by Fr Lo has been making the rounds on social media, accompanied by a message stating that there would be a suspension of masses as a precautionary measure as well as to allow sanitisation to be carried out at the church.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/08/04/covid-19-sabah-church-suspends-mass-after-parishioner-tests-positive

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