As announced by our Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0 will now be implemented nationwide starting tomorrow (Wednesday, 12th May) up until 7th June 2021 (Monday).
According to Muhyiddin, the decision came in light of the rapidly rising number of Covid-19 cases in the past few weeks. And with that, a few additional SOPs have also been announced. Here are a few details that Malaysians should take note during this current period.
1. Prohibition of interdistrict and interstate travel, except for the purposes of emergency, health, work, economy, vaccination appointments as well as for long-distance couples.
2. Prohibition of all forms of social gatherings, including kenduri, wedding, engagement, doa selamat, tahlil, dinner events, birthday parties and also official functions for government and private sectors.
3. Prohibition of all sports and recreational activities, except individual sports and recreation in open areas such as jogging, cycling and exercise with proper physical distancing.
4. All education institutions will be closed. Exceptions are granted to students who will be sitting for international exams. Childcare centres, kindergartens, nurseries and kindergartens are allowed to operate in accordance with the SOPs to assist in the work of parents or guardians.
5. The number of people in private vehicles, taxis and e-hailing are limited to three people only (including the driver).
6. No dine-in. Only takeaways, drive-thru and delivery are allowed for restaurants and F&B outlets in MCO districts (till 12am only).
7. Work-from-home (WFH) regulations are now mandatory. Only a maximum 30% of management staff are allowed in the office at a time. WFH policy for the public sector is determined by guidelines issued by the Chief Secretary to the Government from time to time.
8. House visitations during Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration are not allowed.
9. Aidilfitri prayers are allowed with the presence of not exceeding 50 people for mosques and suraus that can accommodate more than 1,000 people, and 20 people for mosques and suraus that can accommodate less than 1,000 people. Similar limit number of people applies for solat fardhu (obligatory prayers) and Friday prayers.
10. Non-Muslim houses of worship operations will also be tightened. The SOPs are set by the Ministry of National Unity.
11. Specific measures that are being implemented in Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan are still ongoing.
- Laundromats, optical shops, car wash centres, barbershops, and hair salons (only to cut hair) can open between 6am to 10pm.
- Seminars, workshops, courses, conferences, talks, exhibitions and activities linked to meeting, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) are not allowed.
- Petrol kiosks allowed from 6am to 10pm, except those along highways can open 24 hours.
- Those with vaccination appointments are allowed inter-district travel to vaccination centres.