This is an English translation of the official RMCO SOP published by the National Security Council.
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Nationwide except for areas under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) and Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).
Effective 1 January 2021 (from 12.01 am) until 31 March 2021 (11.59 pm)
- 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
- Other instructions issued from time to time by the Health Director-General
Activities not allowed
According to the List of Prohibited Activities (Negative List) (HERE)
All sectors and activities are ALLOWED except for those specified in the List of Prohibited Activities (Negative List).
- Travel within RMCO areas, to other RMCO areas, and to CMCO areas is ALLOWED.
- Travel to EMCO areas REQUIRES PERMISSION from Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM)
- Transit travel is NOT ALLOWED to stop in EMCO areas.
- Number of passengers travelling inside a private vehicle is 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.
Activities Within RMCO 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 and operating hours are subject to the licence / permit approved by the relevant Ministry / Agency / Local Authority.
- Restaurant, shops / food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, circulating hawkers, food court / hawker centre, roadside stalls / kiosks, grocery stores and convenience stores are ALLOWED to operate and their operating hours are subject to the licence / permit approved by the relevant Ministry / Agency / Local Authority 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), 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 subject to terms of licence.
- Operation of daily markets, wholesale markets, farmers market, night market and Bazar Larut Malam (uptown, downtown, and the like) follows normal operation hours (subject to Local Authority) with compliance to SOPs and practices in the new normal.
- Operation hours for pumping fuel at petrol stations is subject to the licence / permit approved by the relevant Ministry / Agency/ Local Authority.
- Operation of laundromats are ALLOWED and the operating hours are subject to the licence / permit approved by the relevant Ministry / Agency/ Local Authority.
- Operation of other businesses for daily needs are ALLOWED and the operating hours are subject to the licence / permit approved by the relevant Ministry / Agency/ Local Authority.
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 according to the time stated in the licensing terms.
- Owner of the 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 1-meter physical distancing and display the maximum number of customers allowed 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 the following activities and places:
- 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.
- Movement into / out of RMCO areas to CMCO areas is ALLOWED
- Movement into / out of RMCO areas to EMCO areas is NOT ALLOWED except for essential services.
Sports and Recreational Activities
- Sports and recreational activities are ALLOWED in compliance with Sports and Recreational Sector SOPs.
- Organised local tournaments / competitions are ALLOWED subject to approval by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and in compliance with the Sports and Recreational Sector SOPs. Local audience capacity is limited to 10% or 4,000 spectators / supporters of the full seating capacity of the venue, or whichever is lower.
- Organised international tournaments / competitions are ALLOWED subject to approval by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and in compliance with the Sports and Recreational Sector SOPs. The entry of participants / officials to Malaysia is subject to the Immigration Department’s authority with a letter of support from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
- Participants / officials for Team Sports and Combat Sports from CMCO and EMCO areas must undergo an RTK Antigen test and confirmed Covid-19 negative before being allowed to participate in local tournaments / competitions.
Economic Sector Activities and Industries
- Economic and industrial sector activities in RMCO 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.
MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions)
- Business events related to meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions are ALLOWED to operate in compliance with physical distancing, mandatory wearing of face masks, and in accordance with RMCO MICE SOP (HERE, page 11).
- Entry of Business Travellers for business / event purposes from countries allowed by the Government MUST use the One Stop Center (OSC) MIDA platform in compliance with entry requirements set by the Government.
Tourism and Cultural Activities
The following domestic tourism activities are ALLOWED to operate in compliance with physical distancing, mandatory wearing face masks, and based on the relevant 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) must follow existing Tourism and Cultural Sector SOPs that are in effect (HERE, HERE, and HERE).
- Activities at mosques and suraus are ALLOWED in compliance with Mosque and Surau Activity SOPs and rules set by the State Religious Authority.
- Activities in non-Muslim places of worship are ALLOWED in compliance with Non-Muslim Places of Worship – Social Sector SOPs.
- Schools, Public and Private Higher Education Institutions, Vocational Colleges, Tahfiz Centers, and other educational institutions are ALLOWED to open.
- Tuition classes, music classes, dance classes, arts, recitation classes (kelas mengaji), language classes and the like.
Child Care Centers, Tabika, Tadika, and Taska
Childcare centers, kindergartens (Tabika and Tadika), and nurseries (Taska) are ALLOWED to operate in compliance with Social Care Sector (TASKA) SOPs.
Face-to-face meetings of Government and private agencies at offices, hotels, convention centers and the like are ALLOWED with compliance to physical distancing and the mandatory wearing of face masks.
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 in accordance with General SOPs for Organising Government and Private Events and 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)
Activities in pubs and nightclubs, except for restaurant businesses inside pubs and nightclubs.
Sports and Recreational Activities
- Involvement of participants / officials from abroad in sports tournaments / competitions in Malaysia without entry permissions from the Malaysian Immigation Department (JIM).
- Involvement of participants / officials in international tournaments / competitions abroad without permission to leave the country from the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM).
- Total number of audience exceeding 10% / 4,000 spectators / supporters out of the full seating capacity of the venue.
- Mass activities that involve the participation of more than 500 people at one time.
- Tourism activities in 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 in compliance with the entry requirements set by the Government.
Entry of Foreign Nationals
The entry of nationals from any country into Malaysia, except for those who have obtained approval from the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) in compliance with the entry requirements set by the Government.
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 official SOPs in BM HERE.
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