Now that some locations are moving into the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) once again, there is also a new set of rules and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to follow.
And, it is completely understandable to feel confused over the constant changes in SOPs, which is why we’re here to help.
Here’s the updated list of SOPs:
But first, you’ll need to make sure you’re in an RMCO area, which includes: Perlis, Terengganu, Pahang, Melaka, Sarawak, Putrajaya, Labuan, Kedah (except Kulim), Penang (except Mukim 12: Barat Daya and Mukim 13: Timur Laut), Perak (except Kinta, Mukim Teja, Kampar, Mukim Changkat Jong and Hilir Perak), Negeri Sembilan (except Seremban and Port Dickson), Johor (except Johor Bahru, Kota Tinggi, Batu Pahat and Kulai), Kelantan (except Kota Bahru, Machang, Tanah Merah and Pasir Mas), and Selangor (Sabak Bernam, Hulu Selangor and Kuala Selangor).
And do note that these SOPs do not apply to Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) locations.
1. No more passenger limit in cars
You can sit as many people as per the car’s capacity, but the elderly and small children are still not encouraged to crowd into vehicles, especially with strangers.
2. No more passenger limit in public transport
LRT, MRT, KTM, ERL, Monorail, ferries, taxis, e-hailing rides and even flights are now allowed with the maximum number of people limited to the capacity of the vehicle.
3. Interstate travel is now allowed
Travelling to and in between RMCO and CMCO areas are allowed. Only EMCO areas are off limits.
If you’re required to travel to EMCO areas, an authorised police letter is needed.
4. Restaurants and other essential businesses can open till 2am
Restaurants may operate under dine in, takeaway, delivery and drive thru from 6am until 2am, based on their licenses. Food sector SOPs must be adhered to.
5. No more limit to 4 pax per table
For dine-ins, tables are no longer limited to 4 people per table. However, restaurants are still expected to adhere to social distancing SOPs of 1-metre between customers.
6. Markets are now allowed to open
Morning markets, night markets, wholesale markets, farmer’s markets and late night bazaars are allowed to operate (as according to their local authorities) according to their respective operating hours, while adhering to SOPs and new normal practices.
7. Clinics and hospitals are allowed to operate on a 24 hour basis
Or as according to the operating hours set by the government. Pharmacies and medicine shops are also allowed to operate based on the hours set in their licenses.
8. Economical and industrial activities can proceed in accordance with the government as long as all SOPs are adhered to
Industrial, business and factory vehicles are allowed to operate, including for inter-district and interstate traveling.
9. Houses of worships are allowed to operate
Mosques and suraus are allowed to operate in accordance with the mosque and surau activity SOPs set by the State Religious Authority. Non-Muslim places of worship are allowed to operate in accordance with social sector SOPs under non-Muslim houses of worship.
10. Education centres are allowed to operate
Schools, government and private higher learning institutes, skill training institutes, tahfiz centres, and other educational institutes are allowed to operate. Tuition classes, music classes, dance classes, art classes, language classes, tutoring and other educational activities can proceed accordingly as well.
11. Activities involving the creative sector can proceed
This applies in accordance with creative industries sector SOPs.
12. Kindergartens and child care centres are allowed to operate
But, in accordance with social care sector SOPs under daycare.
13. Meetings held at government agency or private offices, hotels, convention centres and so forth are allowed
All those involved must adhere to physical distancing and must wear face masks properly.
14. Social events and gatherings are allowed in accordance with SOPs
This may include official and non-official government and private events, social events such as feasts, weddings, engagements, birthday gatherings, prayers, reunions, retreats and other social gatherings.
*Other activities not included in the NEGATIVE LIST are allowed.
Activities that are NOT allowed for RMCO areas:
- Clubbing and pub activities besides dining.
- Sporting competitions and events that involve an audience or athletes from overseas having to travel into Malaysia.
- Tourism activities to CMCO areas (besides in CMCO green zones) or to and in EMCO areas.
- Out of state tourism activities involving Malaysian citizens and tourism activities involving foreign tourists coming into Malaysia.
- Any activities that make it hard for people to physical distance themselves.
- Other activities that can be decided by the government from time to time.
Stay tuned for updates!