CMCO Guidelines for Weddings & Events

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CMCO Guidelines for Wedding & Social Events

18 Dec 2020

Can do event or not?

If you are confused whether you can organise events now or not, under a CMCO or PKPB, we don’t blame you. We were equally unsure ourselves. Until very recently, you could only hold an event at locations within a RMCO status.

However, as of 19 December 2020, Majlis Keselamatan Negara has determined that you can organise events again subject to physical distancing protocols. Yes, that means if the venue has a capacity of 500 pax, it means you can hold an event at said venue for 250 pax.

50% Capacity

Yes. There isn’t a maximum on the number of guests allowed at events. You must still apply the physical distance of 1 metre from each other. So if you want to organize an event for 500 people, you would need a place that ordinarily takes 1,000 people. So 50% capacity

Events That Are Allowed

Events that are allowed to be held are weddings, engagement ceremonies, aqiqah, doa selamat, tahlil, wedding anniversaries, birthday parties, school reunions and other social events.

What About Birthday Parties

Other than weddings, the government also mentioned that the following events are allowed.
Engagement Ceremonies
Doa Selamat
Wedding Anniversaries (so you have no excuse now about not doing your wedding anniversary)
Birthday Parties
Reunions (like school reunions)

Number of Hours Allowed

Social events are allowed to take place over 3 hours to 5 hours. So don’t exceed those hours, so that you don’t run foul of the law.

Size Does Matter

You can organise a wedding with up to even a 1,000 pax, but remember it’s still subject to social distancing measures. Each person should still maintain a distance of 1 metre all around from one another. Each person would then occupy a 1 square metre space.

Let us do the math for you. If the area of the space is 200 square metres, then you are allowed to have a maximum of 200 people in it. That’s 200 square metres divided by the 1 square metre space everyone is supposed to occupy. If there’s a stage in front, it reduces the space further.

If you want that in feet measurement, then 1 square metre is the approximate equivalent of 10 square feet. So if you want to host 1,000 people, you need a space that’s at the very least 10,000 square feet (not inclusive of the stage).

You should also take into account that people are of different sizes, so some extra area should be set aside. So to be safe, add another 25%. So that 10,000 square feet (or 1,000 square metres) would need to be 12,500 square feet or 1,250 square metres.


No, you can’t hold any social events within any zones that are within EMCO.

Patient Under Investigation / Person Under Surveillance

People who are classified as Patient Under Investigation / Person Under Surveillance by the Ministry of Health are not allowed to attend events. Quite obvious, but just in case anyone did not get the memo, the government is stating it very clearly.

Contact Tracing & Social Distancing SOP

All participants have to be registered through the MySejahtera app.
* for those without a smartphone, they are to be registered manually
Hand sanitisers must be provided for users to disinfect their hands.
Everyone is required to wear face masks.
There should be controlled entry and exit to the event venue.
And anyone who registers a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius will not be allowed to participate. Please stay home if you are running a fever.

SOP from MKN

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