MCO Phase 1 Further Extended Till Cases Drop Below 4,000 Per Day
After much speculation of the reimplementation of MCO over the past few days, Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob finally addressed the nation on 4 May 2021 and announced that 6 districts in Selangor will be placed back on MCO from 6 - 17 May 2021. The 6 Selangor districts affected are: Hulu Langat, Petaling, Gombak, Klang, Kuala Langat, and Sepang.
[Update, 10 May 2021] Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the MCO will now be implemented nationwide from 12 May - 7 June 2021 following fresh surges of COVID-19 cases in the past few weeks. New SOPs have also been announced.
[Update, 28 May 2021] An official statement was released by the Prime Minister's office announcing the implementation of the Phase 1 FMCO ('total lockdown') nationwide for a period of 14 days from 1 June - 14 June 2021. Throughout this duration, all economic sectors are not allowed to operate with the exception of essential economic and service sectors (full list will be released by the Majlis Keselamatan Negara soon). The FMCO will be equivalent to the first MCO announced in 2020.
[Update, 11 June] It was announced that the FMCO will be extended for 2 more weeks, currently scheduled to end on 28 June 2021.
National Recovery Plan (divided into 4 phases)
[Update, 16 June] It was announced in a special address on June 15 that Malaysia will be implementing a National Recovery Plan (Pelan Pemulihan Negara) that will be divided into 4 phases. We will only be able to step into Phase 2 of the MCO when the average daily cases fall below 4000 and 10% of the population has received two COVID-19 vaccination doses. The government is predicting that Phase 4 of the MCO (whereby all economic sectors will be allowed to reopen) will only be able to be implemented in November and December 2021.
[Update, 27 June] Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that MCO 3.0 initially scheduled to end on 28 June will be further extended as long as the number of cases remains high. As per the 4-phase National Recovery Plan, Phase 1 of MCO 3.0 will remain in place until these criteria are fulfilled:
< 4000 daily infection cases
ICU wards start operating at a moderate level
Nation vaccination rate reaches 10% of the population
[Update, 17 July] It was announced that the EMCO previously implemented in 8 districts in Selangor will be lifted from 17 July (Saturday) onwards. The SOPs in these areas will revert to the Phase 1 FMCO SOPs. Here are some confirmed SOPs in affected districts:
Selangor districts that will revert to the Phase 1 FMCO include areas in Hulu Langat, Gombak, Petaling, Sepang, Klang, Kuala Langat, Kuala Selangor, and Hulu Selangor.
Two people per household are now allowed to head out for the purchase of essentials.
A maximum of three people can travel in one vehicle for emergency purposes.
The number of people on taxis and e-hailing vehicles will still be limited to two including the driver (only one passenger allowed, passenger has to sit in the back seat).
Travel is still restricted to a 10km radius from the point of residence.
Interdistrict and interstate travel remains banned.
Most businesses can now operate from 8AM - 8PM (including supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies).
F&B outlets such as restaurants can now operate from 6AM - 10PM but dine-in remains banned (only takeaways, food delivery, and drive-thru services will be permitted).
More businesses are allowed to reopen as of 17 July, this includes pet shops, optical shops, hardware stores, car workshops, stationery shops, laundromats, computer repair and sales shops, and more.
Jogging and non-contact sports are now allowed to be done alone in open areas (around one's housing area, between 7AM - 8PM). Cycling remains prohibited during Phase 1 of FMCO.
Social activities such as face-to-face meetings, group gatherings, celebrations, and more remain banned.
Refer here for the EMCO SOP (still applicable for localities in KL where EMCO has not been lifted):
Full List Of SOP For MCO 3.0
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah addressed the nation in a live broadcast on Sunday (30 May) to announce the full lockdown MCO SOP, scheduled to begin on 1 June 2021.
The MCO will be implemented nationwide for 4 weeks from 1 - 28 June 2021, and the list of SOP is applicable to all states and territories in Malaysia.
All economic and social activities are not allowed to operate with the exception of 17 essential services such as F&B, health and medical sectors, vets and animal clinics, water, energy, security, communications, post and courier services, banking, insurance, agriculture, fishing, and more. Refer to the list of essential services here.
Selected sectors in the manufacturing industry (pembuatan dan perkilangan) are allowed to operate with 60% worker capacity.
Shopping malls are not allowed to operate with the exception of tenants that fall under the essential services category such as supermarkets, restaurants, convenience stores, optical stores, pharmacies, and more.
All F&B outlets are allowed to operate for delivery and takeaway services only (strictly no dine-ins and park & dine allowed).
[Update, 28 June] Restaurants and eateries are now allowed to operate from 6AM to 10PM.
While there will not be a curfew, Malaysians are urged to stay home after 8PM.
Only 2 people per household are allowed to head out to shop for daily necessities such as food, groceries, and medicine.
Interstate and interdistrict travel remain banned and travel distance is now limited to a 10KM radius. Exceptions are allowed for emergencies such as death and to get medical help, permission can be obtained directly from the police when stopped at roadblocks (3 people per vehicle allowed for emergency situations).
Only 2 passengers (including the driver) are allowed per car in taxis and e-hailing vehicles.
All sports and recreational activities (including tournaments and trainings)are not allowed with the exception of jogging and non-contact individual exercise (till 8PM only).
All schools and education institutions will be closed throughout the MCO. Childcare centres (taska) and private (or international) kindergartens are allowed only to operate for children in the situation whereby both parents work in essential services.
Face-to-face meetings, seminars, trainings, exhibitions, talks, and conferences cannot be held.
Social events such as weddings, receptions, birthday celebrations, reunions, retreats, akad nikah, and more are strictly prohibited.
Tourism activities and attractions such as aquariums, indoor playgrounds, zoos, farms, nature parks, museums, art galleries, karaoke centres, and more are not allowed to operate.
Citizens who need to cross district lines to head for their vaccination appointments do not require a permission letter from the police and can simply flash their proof of appointment on the MySejahtera app, website, or SMS if stopped by authorities.
Non-Exhaustive list of services and activities that are NOT allowed to operate:
Night markets, weekend markets, pasar tani
Spas, massage parlours, reflexology centres
Wellness & beauty centres
Manicure & pedicure outlets
Barbers & hair saloons
Pubs & night clubs
Indoor & outdoor busking
Retail outlets (e.g: clothing, bookstores, accessories, toys, sports equipment, florists, furniture etc)
Masks are mandatory in all public spaces and can only be taken off:
While at home with only family members
White in hotels or accommodation with only family members
When alone in work space
While doing sports or recreational activities (indoors and outdoors)
In the car with only family members
Indoors or outdoors without other individuals around
While eating or drinking
The government has unveiled a new HIDE (Hotspots Identification for Dynamic Engagement) system, jointly developed by Bank Negara Malaysia and the Health Ministry of Malaysia. The HIDE system identifies COVID-risk locations and flags potential hotspots by using data from the MySejahtera system, providing a warning of COVID-19 spikes in locations across the country.
The first HIDE list of business premises was released by the Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia this week and premises on the list have been ordered to close for three days to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Many supermarkets, public transport stations as well as malls within Klang Valley including Mid Valley Megamall, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Suria KLCC, Sungei Wang Plaza and Sunway Velocity Mall have appeared on the first HIDE list.
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