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Official CMCO SOP As Of 4th January 2021 (In English)

Official CMCO SOP As Of 4th January 2021 (In English)

This is an English translation of the official CMCO SOP published by the National Security Council.

Tasneem Nazari

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This SOP is outdated. Please refer to our website for the latest updates.


Areas Involved

Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Sabah, Selangor, Penang (Mukim 12: South West and Mukim 13: North East), Negeri Sembilan (Seremban District) and Johor (Johor Bahru District and Batu Pahat District) and Kelantan (Mukim Peringat & Mukim Kota).

*For Sabah, please refer to the Sabah State CMCO SOPs.

Duration

Effective 1 January 2021 (from 12.01 am) until 14 January 2021 (11.59 pm)

*For Mukim Peringat & Mukim Kota in Kelantan, these SOPs are effective 4 January 2021 (from 12.01 am) until 17 January 2021 (11.59 pm)

Notes

Fixed Instructions

  • Subsection 11(3) of Act 342 (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988)
  • Subject to rulings issued by National Security Council (MKN) and Ministry of Health (MOH)
  • Instructions, rules, and SOPs under the respective Ministry / Department / Agency
  • Sabah State CMCO SOPs.
  • Other instructions issued from time to time by the Health Director-General

Activities not allowed

According to the List of Prohibited Activities (HERE).

Activities allowed

  • Chain of economic and industrial activities.
  • Performing official government tasks
  • Receiving medical treatment, handling of emergency affairs and deaths.

Movement Control

  • Travel within CMCO areas, to other CMCO areas, and to areas under Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) is ALLOWED.
  • Travel to EMCO areas REQUIRES PERMISSION from Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM)
  • Number of passengers travelling inside a private vehicle are subject to the vehicle’s capacity. However, high-risk individuals and children are not encouraged to go out into public, open, and crowded areas.
  • Number of passengers within commercial vehicles for transporting goods and services, as well as economic/industrial chain of activities is subject to the registration licence of the vehicle.
  • Movement of private vehicles, government departments, or private companies for the purpose of going to and from the workplace or for official government business is subject to the seating capacity of the vehicle.
  • Activities and services at all airports and seaports are ALLOWED to operate.
  • Public transport services, such as buses, express bus, LRT / MRT / ERL / Monorail, ferry, plane, taxi / e-hailing and other public transportation are ALLOWED to operate (operating hours are subject to licence terms) dependent on vehicle capacity.
  • Food delivery services are ALLOWED to operate from 6 am to 12 midnight during the entire CMCO period.

Movement Control At Sea

Sabah

  • Movement of small boats from all islands of Sabah to the mainland, including the movements of boats in coastal waters is ONLY ALLOWED with the capacity of 50% and from 6 am to 6 pm.
  • For fisherman boats in ESSZONE waters which are registered with the Department of Fisheries are ONLY ALLOWED from 6 am to 6pm (at approved jetties only). This permission is subject to the permit issued by the District Police Chief.
  • The movement of the following vessels is NOT ALLOWED:
    • All Indonesian and Philippine Non-Convention Ships (NCS) entering ESSZONE waters, Sabah, Malaysia, and all Malaysian NCS from ESSZONE waters to the Philippines and Indonesia.
    • Indonesian Fish carriers entering Tawau, and
    • NCS from the Philippines passing through Sabah waters to Labuan.

Note: All NCS mentioned are small vessels according to the International Maritime Organisation Standard.

Activities Within CMCO Areas

  • Business / economy / industry are ALLOWED to operate as prescribed by the Government. 
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls, and retail outlets are ALLOWED to operate according to the set SOP between 6 am and 12 midnight. 
  • Restaurant, shops / food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, circulating hawkers, food court / hawker center, roadside stalls / kiosks, grocery stores and convenience stores are ALLOWED to operate between 6 am and 12 midnight in compliance with the Food Sector SOPs.
  • Restaurants and eateries are ALLOWED to operate on a dine-in basis (WITH 1 METER DISTANCING BETWEEN CUSTOMERS according to table size), take away, delivery or drive-through in compliance with the Food Sector SOPs (Business Premises, Non-Premises Hawkers, Building Markets and Retail / Retail Food & Beverage). Operation hours are from 6 am to 12 midnight (according to their respective licence terms).
  • Operation of daily markets, wholesale markets, farmers market, night market and Bazar Larut Malam (uptown, downtown, and the like) according to the start time  stated in their licence / permit until 12 midnight with compliance to SOPs and supervision of authorities, as well as members of RELA / Local Authority. 
  • Operation hours for pumping fuel at petrol stations is from 6 am to 12 midnight (Only petrol stations at highways are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours) 
  • Laundromats are ALLOWED to operate from 6 am to 12 midnight.
  • Other businesses for daily needs are ALLOWED to operate from 6 am to 12 midnight (subject to the licence / permit conditions).

Medical / Health Services

  • Government and private clinics and hospitals are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours or according to the time set by the Government.
  • Pharmacies and drug stores operate from 8 am until 12 midnight.

Health Protocol

  • Owner of premises must control the entry and exit of customers to the premises with 1 meter physical distancing.
  • Owner of premises must ensure that customers check-in when visiting the premises using MySejahtera or by manually providing their name and phone number, as well as, have their body temperature scanned. Individuals with a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius and above are NOT ALLOWED to enter the premises.
  • Premises owners must limit the number of customers on the premises in a given time with a radius of 1 meter physical distancing and display the maximum number of customers on the premises.
  • Staff, suppliers, and customers are required to wear face masks properly as recommended by MOH while on the premises.

It is mandatory to wear a face mask especially when in crowded public places, except for activities and places as follows:

  • At own residence with other household members.
  • In hotel rooms / paid private accommodation with other household members.
  • Private working spaces.
  • Sports and recreational activities indoor and outdoor.
  • Own private vehicles with other household members.
  • Public places and spaces, indoors and outdoors, without any other individuals.
  • While eating and drinking in public places.

Occupational Activities

  • Movement into / out of CMCO areas and RMCO areas is ALLOWED
  • Movement to EMCO areas is NOT ALLOWED.
  • Employment activities are based on JPA Circulars / Instructions for civil servants and employers for staff in the private sector.
  • Vehicles transporting employees, including private vehicles, are ALLOWED to operate in compliance with SOPs.

Sports and Recreational Activities

  • Sports and recreational activities categorised as individual and team sports for the purpose of training, games, matches, and tournaments (indoor and outdoor) WITHOUT spectators are ALLOWED. 
  • Permission to operate and the use of sports facilities by members of the public is RESTRICTED in compliance with the Sports and Recreational Sector SOPs.
  • Organised local and international tournaments / competitions are subject to approval by the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Quarantine based events are ALLOWED WITHOUT spectators. Permission for the entry of foreign participants / officials into Malaysia is subject to approval by the Malaysian Immigration Department with a letter of support from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
  • RT-PCR / RTK Antigen test is required for all participants, officials, and reserves involved in local and international tournaments three days before the date of competition as stated in the Sports and Recreational Sector SOPs. Only participants confirmed Covid-19 negative are allowed to participate in the tournament.

Economic Sector Activities and Industries

  • Economic and industrial sector activities in CMCO areas can operate as prescribed by the Government in compliance with set SOPs.
  • All vehicles related to industry, business, and manufacturing are ALLOWED to operate including across districts and states.

Fisheries, Plantation, and Agriculture Sector Activities

Fisheries, plantation, agriculture, livestock, and all related sectors of the food chain are ALLOWED to operate.

Religious Activities

  • Activities at mosques and suraus are ALLOWED with limited attendance set by the State Religious Authority.
  • Activities in non-Muslim places of worship are ALLOWED with limited attendance set by MKN / MOH / State Government and the Federal Territories Ministry for places of worship in the Federal Territories. 
  • Islamic solemnisation ceremonies are ALLOWED with a limited attendance of 30 people maximum, depending on the size of the space with physical distancing or subject to the number set by the State Religious Authority. 
  • Non-Muslim wedding ceremonies are ALLOWED with a limited attendance of 30 people maximum, depending on the size of the space with physical distancing at the National Registration Department / Place of worship / Non-Muslim Religious Associations.

Creative Industries

  • Recording activities for music, concerts, filming, talks, and the like are ALLOWED either in-studio or off-premises RESTRICTED to only CMCO areas with a minimum number of crew members and WITHOUT AN AUDIENCE in compliance with Creative Industry SOPs. (HERE, and HERE)
  • Live event activities are ALLOWED WITHOUT AN AUDIENCE with the number of crew members and staff set by the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia.
  • Indoor busking activities inside building premises, cafes, food courts and locations which are not completely open are ALLOWED

Child Care Centers, Tabika, Tadika, and Taska

  • Childcare centers, kindergartens (Tabika and Tadika), and nurseries (Taska) are ALLOWED to operate with approval from relevant Ministry / Agency. 
  • Parents / Guardians who send children to childcare centers are ALLOWED to use vehicles with the number of child passengers according to the capacity of the vehicle.

Education

  • Schools, Public and Private Higher Education Institutions, Vocational Colleges, Tahfiz Centers, Private Kindergartens, schools and centres (such as tuition centres, language centres, skill centres, mind development centres and guidance centres) and other institutes of learning are ALLOWED to operate in compliance with guidelines issued by the respective relevant Ministry / Agency.

MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions)

  • Business events activities involving meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions are ALLOWED to operate at 50% capacity of the premises in compliance with physical distancing, mandatory wearing of face masks, and in accordance with CMCO MICE SOP (HERE, page 11).

Tourism and Cultural Activities

The following activities are ALLOWED to operate at 50% capacity of the premises in compliance with physical distancing, mandatory wearing face masks, and based on the relevant CMCO SOPs;

  • Public tourist attractions such as zoos, farms, aquariums, edutainment centers, recreational parks, extreme / adventure / nature parks and others;
  • Premises of art, culture, and heritage, such as museums, libraries, art galleries, culture heritage centers / villages, cultural performance stages and others;
  • Theme parks and Family Entertainment Centers.

Other tourism and cultural activities OTHER THAN those stated in the List of Prohibited Activities (Negative List) are subject to the existing Tourism and Cultural Sector SOPs that are in effect (HERE, and HERE).

Meetings

Face-to-face meetings for official / work affairs held in the place of work, hotels, and other institutions are ALLOWED in compliance with physical distancing, mandatory wearing of face masks and limited attendance of only 50% capacity of the meeting room.

Seminars / Workshops / Conferences / Exhibitions

  • All seminars / workshops / courses / training / conferences / talks are ALLOWED to operate with limited attendance of only 50% capacity of the premises in compliance with physical distancing and mandatory wearing of face masks in accordance with General SOPs for Organising Government and Private Events.
  • Ongoing in-service training CAN BE IMPLEMENTED limited to inside training institutions areas.

Events and Gatherings

Official and informal ceremonies of the Government, private organisations, or social gatherings such as feasts, weddings, engagements, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, prayer ceremonies (doa selamat), tahlil celebrations, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events are ALLOWED at limited attendance of 50% capacity of the premises in compliance with physical distancing and mandatory wearing of face masks and in accordance with General SOPs for Organising Social Events.

Other Activities That Are Allowed

Other activities not stated in the List of Prohibited Activities (Negative List) are ALLOWED in accordance with existing SOPs.

List of Prohibited Activities (Negative List)

Entertainment Activities

  • Activities in pubs and nightclubs
  • Activities in movie theaters, except for those in green zones within CMCO areas which have obtained approval to perform the activities.
  • Concerts or live performances with a live audience.

Sports and Recreational Activities

  • Organisation of local and international tournaments / competitions WITHOUT the approval of the Ministry of Youth and Sports WITH the presence of spectators / supporters.
  • Involvement of participants / officials from abroad in sports tournaments / competitions in Malaysia WITHOUT entry permissions from the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM).
  • Mass activities that involve the participation of more than 500 people at one time.

Tourism Activities

  • Tourism activities to EMCO areas
  • Out of state tourism activities by citizens and domestic tourism activities involving foreign tourists entering Malaysia, except for tourists from countries as stated by the Minister.

Other Prohibited Activities

  • Any activity that results in a crowd being present in one place where physical distancing is difficult and lack of compliance to directives issued by the Health Director-General.
  • Other matters decided by the Government from time to time.

Check out the full CMCO SOPs on MKN’s website HERE


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