SOPs: Nationwide MCO from 12th May till 7th June 2021

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Update: There will be a special announcement by Dr Noor Hashim and Ismail Sabri at 5pm 11th May 2021.

Malaysians will be subject to yet another national movement control order (MCO) starting May 12, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced today.

He stated that the decision to place the whole country on lockdown until June 7 was necessary due to the increasing Covid-19 case numbers.

He however assured that all economic sectors were allowed to operate during this MCO 3.0 period.

“With daily cases exceeding 4,000 and active cases at 37,396 as well as 1,700 deaths reported as of May 10, Malaysia is facing a third Covid-19 wave that could trigger a national crisis,” he said.

“The chain of Covid-19 infection can only be broken by encouraging the public to continue to stay at home via a strict movement control order,” he said.

This directive supersedes the previous SOPs announced earlier. A detailed SOP will be published by MKN in due time. Don’t hold on to this as the final SOP as we all know it will change from time to time 😀

  1. All inter-district and interstate travel are prohibited except for emergency, health, work, economic, vaccination and long-distance couples.
  2. All forms of gatherings are prohibited including feasts or kenduri, weddings and engagement parties, doa selamat and tahlil, dinner events, birthdays and official events organised either public or private, as well as seminars, conferences and face-to-face meetings.
  3. All sports and recreational activities are prohibited except for jogging, cycling and exercise in an open space with proper physical distancing.
  4. All educational institutions are to be closed. Exceptions for students who are sitting for international exams. All child care centres, preschools, nurseries and kindergartens are allowed to operate according to the stipulated SOP to ease the work of parents and guardians.
  5. Just three passengers, including the driver, are permitted to ride in a private car, taxi, or e-hailing service. The number of persons permitted in a vehicle bearing a load, as well as the economic and industrial operation chain, is determined by the number permitted on a commercial vehicle registration licence.
  6. Dine-in at restaurants and food stalls are strictly prohibited. Delivery and takeaways are allowed.
  7. Employers are required to enforce the Work From Home policy with fewer than 30% of management personnel present at any given time. The strategy for the public sector would be recommended by the Chief Secretary to the Government from time to time.
  8. House & grave visitation during Hari Raya Aidilfitri is prohibited.
  9. Solat sunat Aidilfitri at mosques or suraus is allowed with members not exceeding 50 in mosques and suraus with over 1000 capacity and 20 members for those with maximum capacity of under 1000. This is the same directive for solat fardu lima waktu and solat Jumaat.
  10. SOPs at non-Islamic house of worship will also be restricted. They will be announced by the Ministry of National Unity.

We urge all our readers to stay at home and comply fully with the SOPs so that we can win this war and not having to be subjected to repeated restrictions. Stay strong and stay safe.

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