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Selangor Announces A Modified Version Of CMCO For Reopening Of Economy

Selangor Announces A Modified Version Of CMCO For Reopening Of Economy

Tasneem Nazari

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While most of the other states decided to decline to reopen their own economy, Selangor had opted to implement a modified version of the conditional movement control order (CMCO)

In a press release on 3 May, Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari announced that the state government had had a series of meetings and discussion before and after the announcement of the CMCO by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on 1 May.

The meetings involved the Selangor National Security Council, Selangor Covid-19 Task Force (STFC) and the mayor, among others and focused on preparing a guideline for the state, specifically in the terms of reopening the economy.

Based on the discussion, the state government decided to implement a modified CMCO with the addition of the following details:

(Credit: Malay Mail)

1. Food Industry

Restaurants, traders and businesses with premises are allowed to operate from 4 May 2020, with the condition that only take away and delivery services are provided from 7am to 10pm.

Meanwhile, businesses with no premises such as roadside stalls and food trucks are only allowed to start operations after 12 May 2020 to allow the local authorities and business owners sufficient time to prepare for social distancing and contact tracing practices.

Morning and night markets, as well as carnivals, Ramadan bazaars, and Aidilfitri bazaars are not allowed to operate as per instructions by the Federal government.

(Credit: Malay Mail)

2. Construction industry

The construction industry is allowed to operate at maximum capacity, as long as the companies prepare a Covid-19 Infectious Disease Control Action Plan, which will require approval from the local authorities.

(Credit: Malay Mail)

3. Social and recreational activities

For the social sector, the public is allowed to exercise in open spaces and community parks as long as they maintain social distancing. 

Activities at public parks such as Tasik Shah Alam, Taman Jaya, and Tasik Cempaka are not allowed. All indoor recreational and sporting activities such as indoor swimming pools and gyms must remain closed.

Hiking activities such as those at Bukit Gasing is also not allowed. The local authorities will issue a notice listing all public parks that are prohibited to the public during the CMCO.

(Credit: National Security Council Telegram)

For the time being, this decision will apply to the whole of Selangor except those considered red zones such as Selayang Baru. 

Other areas and scopes not mentioned here will be based on the guidelines previously provided by the National Security Council.

All sectors are urged to practice safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 such as wearing face masks, frequently washing your hands and avoid touching your face.

The state government also announced that they will be introducing a comprehensive contact tracing system which will be revealed tomorrow.

These amendments were made to ensure a “soft landing” approach to the Covid-19 pandemic, taking into account both the economic needs and the welfare of the people. 

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