With daily four-digit new Covid-19 cases seemingly being the new norm in our country, the government has decided to reinforce the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) for all Peninsular Malaysia states except for Kelantan, Perlis and Pahang from 9 November until 6 December 2020. In relation to that decision, the SOPs for CMCO has also been updated by the National Security Council (MKN).
For those in the dark for what these new SOPs entail, worry not as we’ve got you covered. Here’s the full list of what you can and can’t do during this latest CMCO enforcement:
1. What states are affected by this latest CMCO?
- Negeri Sembilan
- Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
- Federal Territory of Putrajaya
Do note however that Sabah has different CMCO SOPs compared to Peninsular Malaysia. This list will be focusing on the latter.
Pahang, Kelantan and Perlis will remain under Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). Meanwhile, Sarawak will also enforce CMCO but for 14 days from tomorrow until Nov 22. The SOPs for Sarawak will be announced soon.
2. Travel restrictions
- Inter-state and inter-district travels are strictly not allowed unless with authorisation from PDRM and for certain activities.
- Only two (2) individuals from one household allowed to leave home to either buy groceries, basic amenities and other necessities.
- Only two (2) individuals from the same household are allowed inside private vehicles.
- Individuals of high risk (senior citizens and children) are advised to not visit public areas.
3. Exceptions to the travel restriction
- Emergency cases and accidents that require hospital treatment.
- Medical appointments (must carry appointment details).
- Activities concerning funeral management.
- Individuals originating from an area where CMCO is enforced can return to his hometown with approval from PDRM.
- For individuals travelling through CMCO areas to reach their destination, PDRM approval is needed.
- Any movement to EMCO areas must follow the SOPs of EMCO.
- Vehicles that transport goods and services are allowed.
- Movement of personal, government and private sector vehicles for the purpose of going to work or official duties are allowed.
- Movement via airplanes are allowed but with PDRM approval.
4. Allowed businesses and their operating hours
- All businesses, economic sectors and industries are allowed to operate.
- Government hospitals and clinics are allowed to operate for 24 hours per day.
- Pharmacies are allowed to operate from 8am to 11pm.
- Markets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate with strict SOPs from 6am to 10pm.
- Restaurants, food stalls, food trucks, foodcourts, kiosks and others are allowed to operate from 6am to 10pm.
- Restaurants and food stalls are allowed to operate via dine-in (max 2-4 per table with 1 metre distance between customers), take away, delivery and drive-through.
- Pasar Harian (Daily Markets) are allowed to operate from 6am to 2pm.
- Pasar Borong (Wholesale Markets) are allowed to operate from 12pm until 5pm.
- Pasar Tani (Wet Markets) are allowed to operate from 6am to 12pm.
- Pasar Malam (Night Markets) are allowed to operate from 4pm to 10pm.
- Petrol stations are allowed to operate from 6am to 10pm. For petrol stations on highways, they are allowed to operate for 24 hours.
- Laundries are allowed to operate from 6am to 10pm.
- All other businesses are allowed to operate from 6am to 10pm.
- Recording sessions for music, concerts, cinema, interviews and similar activities are allowed via indoor studios or via limited outdoor premises with minimal crew, without spectators and in adherence to the creative industry SOPs.
- Live shows are allowed without any spectators with minimal crew as prescribed by MOH.
- Indoor busking is allowed with strict SOPs by MOH.
5. Allowed sports and recreational activities
- Indoor and outdoor sports or recreational activities that doesn’t involve physical contact such as jogging, cycling, aerobics, hiking, fishing and others. A limit of 10 individuals are enforced.
- Activities on a commercial football field, gymnasiums, futsal and badminton courts are allowed to operate from 6am to 10pm.
- However, for activities on a commercial football field and futsal courts, a limit of 10 individuals will apply, without physical contact and only for the purpose of training.
6. Religious activities
- Activities in mosques and musollas are allowed with a limit of attendees as specified by respective state Islamic authorities.
- Activities in non-Muslim places of worship are allowed with a limit of attendees as specified by MKN and respective state governments.
- Muslim wedding ceremonies are allowed with a limit of 30 individuals in the vicinity or by what was prescribed by respective state Islamic authorities.
- Non-Muslim wedding ceremonies are allowed with a limit of 30 individuals in the vicinity.
7. Activities that are not allowed
- Night clubs, pubs, theme parks, indoor playgrounds and cinemas are not allowed to operate.
- Concerts or live events with spectators are not allowed.
- Seminars, workshops, courses, trainings, lectures, exhibitions and other activities related to meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions are not allowed. However, any service trainings that are ongoing can still continue.
- All meetings in governmental agencies or within the private sectors must be done online. Face to face meetings are only allowed for expatriates and C suite with strict physical distancing and for internal meetings under the order of JPA and guideline of MITI.
- All social ceremonies are not allowed.
- All educational institutes such as universities, schools and daycares are not allowed to operate except for child daycare centres for frontliners. However, students who are taking examinations under foreign institutions are allowed to sit for their exams.
- Picnics, swimming, activities involving physical contact, sports tournaments are not allowed.
- Any sports or recreational activities that involve mass gatherings are not allowed.
- Sports events or tournaments that involve spectators and participants from overseas are not allowed.
- Any form of activity that involves a large amount of people are strictly not allowed.
- Tourism activities to places listed as a CMCO area and those that involve foreign tourists entering the country.
Okay, that’s a very long list. Let’s all adhere to these set of rules and together we can flatten the curve of the Covid-19 spread again! We are all frontliners.
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