The government’s four-phase National Recovery Plan is set to have Malaysia back to normal by December 2021.
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After a month of total lockdowns, Malaysia officially enters Phase 1 of the government’s four-phase Covid-19 National Recovery Plan which is aimed at getting the country back to normalcy by December 2021.
For your convenience, TRP took the liberty of translating the latest set of standard operating procedures (SOP) released by the National Security Council (MKN) on 28 June, which come into effect on 29 June 2021.
- Restaurants and places that sell food like food trucks, roadside hawkers and the like are now allowed to operate between 6 am and 10 pm (take away and drive-thru only).
- Schools will remain closed from 29 June onwards.
- Small scale construction projects managed by G1 and G2 grade contractors have been added to the list of necessary services.
- Maintainance works at mines and quarries are now allowed.
- The loading and unloading of essential and non-essential goods at factories are allowed according to SOPs.
These and other changes are marked below in ‘orange‘.
- Nationwide – including Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory (WP) of Labuan.
- 29 June (beginning 12.01 am)
- Regulation 17 PU(A) 278/2021.
- Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Act 342).
- Emergency Ordinance (Prevention and Infectious Disease Control) (Amended) 2021.
- Subject to orders issued by MKN, the Health Ministry (KKM).
- Instructions and rules provided by Local Authorities (PBT).
- Subjected to reports made in the Hotspots Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) system and risk assessment by KKM.
- Other orders/instructions issued by the Health Department Director from time to time.
- Economic sectors that have been allowed.
- Acquiring or purchasing necessary supplies.
- Getting healthcare or medical treatment.
- Performing official government or judiciary duties.
- Inter-district and inter-state movement within MCO areas without permission from the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM)
- Movement and travel in and out of MCO areas without permission from PDRM.
- Activities listed in the ‘Negative List’.
Movement & travel
- Inter-district and inter-state travel (based on district boundaries specified by State Governments) are NOT ALLOWED.
- PDRM are responsible for implementing control over local areas of infection with help from the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM), the Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM) and the People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA). Entrances to MCO areas are closed and guarded by PDRM.
- ONLY two (2) people from each household will be allowed out in order to obtain food, necessary supplies and medicine in areas within 10km of their residence.
- Only a MAXIMUM of three (3) people – including patients – are allowed out in order to acquire medical and healthcare services, Covid-19 test screenings or in the case of emergencies within a 10km radius from the residence OR the nearest place available if such services are not available in the area.
- ONLY two (2) people – including the driver – are allowed to travel in taxis and e-hailing rides. Passengers must be seated in the back seat.
- The number of passengers allowed to travel in commercial vehicles and transportation involved in the economic supply chain (except worker transports like busses and vans) will depend on the vehicle registration license.
- The number of passengers allowed in Department Vehicles or Official Government vehicles will depend on vehicle capacity.
- All airports and seaports services and activities are allowed.
- Loading and unloading of NON-ESSENTIAL items at factories will only be allowed for the purpose of shipping and receiving goods/cargo in stockpiles for imports and exports from 8 am to 8 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and with only a limited number of workers allowed to be present.
- The loading and unloading of ESSENTIAL goods are not limited by the rules (above) and can operate as normal.
- Sea and land public transport services such as ferries, busses, express busses, LRT, MRT, ERL, Monorail and others are allowed to operate at 50% vehicle capacity. (operational hours and frequency are to be determined by the Transport Ministry (MOT).
- Travel in cases of death, natural disasters and other emergencies are allowed with prior permission from PDRM.
- Travel for disaster or humanitarian aid/relief by non-governmental organizations (NGO) must receive the permission of the State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) or District Disaster Management Committee (JPBD) of the affected area. The aid must be channelled through the Disaster Operations Control Center (PKOB) in the area.
- Travelling across district and state borders for Covid-19 vaccinations at Vaccination Centers (PPV) outside of your district/state of residence is PERMITTED by providing your appointment details provided on the MySejahtera application, website or text message (SMS).
- Members of Parliament (MP) and Assemblymen (ADUN) are PERMITTED to travel across inter-district and inter-state borders in order to visit their constituents without organizing a formal event.
- Inter-state travel for long-distance married couples is NOT ALLOWED.
- Short-term business traveller under the One-Stop Center (OSC) initiative is ALLOWED with prior permission from PDRM.
General Health Protocols
- Premise owners or licensees must ensure customers enter and exit a premise in a controlled manner – maintaining physical distancing of a minimum of 1-meter.
- Premise owners or licensees are required to provide QR code for MySejahtera check-ins or a book for manual customer attendance record.
- Hand sanitisers must be provided at the entrance and must be used before entering the premises.
- The use of the MySejahtera app is mandatory except in places with no wide internet access. The use of a manual attendance log is ONLY ALLOWED in areas with no internet access or any other reason such as; elderly people without phones, or people who don’t have smartphones, etc.
- Store owners must make sure people register their attendance with the MySejahtera app or manually sign if there is no internet coverage.
- It is MANDATORY for store owners, staff, customers/visitors to check in on the MySejahtera app or manually to enter premises. The same rules will apply for entry to any public or private office/building.
- Shopping malls, supermarkets or department store customers only need to undergo body temperature checks ONCE at the entrance of the business complex – not at every store.
- Those with a body temperature above 37.5°C are not allowed to enter the premises.
- Storeowners inside or outside a complex must ensure that only ‘Low-risk’ and ‘Casual Contact Low Risk’ individuals are allowed to enter the premises. Risk status can be checked on a person’s MySejahtera app.
- CHILDREN under 12-years-old are NOT PERMITTED to be in public spaces EXCEPT for emergencies, medical reasons, education and exercise.
- Store owners must limit the number of customers/visitors on premises – taking into account the minimum 1-meter physical distancing rule.
- Each store/premise must PUT ON DISPLAY the number of customers/visitors allowed into the premises at a single time and it’s encouraged for store owners to provide ‘queue’ numbers’ or tickets to better manage customers.
- Check-in QR codes must be made available at all levels of the building.
- Workers, suppliers and customers are required to wear face masks properly according to Health Ministry (KKM) guidelines while on-premises.
- Building owners must ensure proper ventilation and ventilation systems at the premises.
- It’s MANDATORY for EVERYONE to wear face masks, ESPECIALLY in public and crowded areas, except when during the following activities/places;
- Hotel rooms or personally paid accommodation or with household/family members.
- Solitary workspace.
- Outdoor sports and recreational activities.
- Personally owned vehicle and with members of the same household.
- Indoor/outdoor public areas and places without the presence of other individuals.
- While eating and drinking in public without any other individuals (other than in restaurants or food premises).
Work & WFH
- Work From Home (WFH) policy is in full effect EXCEPT for frontline services; security, defence and enforcement.
- Attendance at the office is only allowed for necessary services and cannot exceed 20% of manpower needed at any given time with PRIORITY given to tasks that cannot be done by WFH like; contractual payments, invoices, wages, payments, distribution of monthly assistance (periodically), maintenance, premise security, ICT and technical management for systems services and online meetings as well as preparing documents for the Cabinet of Ministers.
- Attendance to the office must be accompanied by formal documentation and a work pass.
- All service sectors that have been approved by associated Ministries or Agencies CAN operate within the MCO period – subject to associated Ministry approval letters issued starting 1 June. Employee movement is subjected to registrations, operation approval letter, work pass or employer confirmation letter.
- The capacity of employees in attendance (to the workplace) for the private service sector – including management and operations – is LIMITED to 60%.
Meetings, seminars, workshops & training
- ALL meetings must be conducted online.
- Seminars, talks, training courses and workshops are NOT PERMITTED, except, ongoing in-service training programs – conducted via Camp Based Training at the training facilities.
- Online seminars, talks, training courses and workshops are PERMITTED.
Business & services
- Restaurants, eateries, food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, travelling hawkers, food courts, hawker centres, roadside food stalls or kiosks are ALLOWED to operate between 6 am and 10 pm – ONLY via takeaway, drive-thru or deliveries.
- Dine-ins as well as park-and-dine (inside vehicles) are NOT ALLOWED during the MCO period.
- Outdoor picnics are NOT ALLOWED.
- Grocery shops, convenience stores and daily necessity shops, personal care shops, mini-marts and pharmacies are ALLOWED to operate between 8 am and 8 pm.
- Daily necessities stores such as hardware stores, workshops, baby goods stores religious item stores are ALLOWED to operate between 8 am to 8 pm.
- Healthcare services such as clinics, hospitals and medical laboratories can operate 24-hours or according to operating permit license.
- Petrol stations CAN operate from 6 am to 8 pm. Stations located on highways CAN operate for 24 hours.
- ONLY the food and beverages and necessary supplies section at supermarkets, hypermarkets, pharmacies, personal care, convenience stores, marts, department stores are allowed to open from 8 am to 8 pm.
- Veterinarian clinics and pet shops are ALLOWED to operate from 8 am to 8 pm.
- Laundromats (including self-service ones) and eyewear stores are ALLOWED to operate from 8 am to 8 pm. Self-service laundromats must have employees at premises to maintain SOP compliance.
- Daily markets and public markets CAN operate from 6 am and 2 pm with permission from Local Authorities (PBT) with compliance to SOP and supervision from RELA and PBTs.
- Regulated Fresh Markets (PST) are ALLOWED to operate from 7 am to 12 pm.
- Permanent Farmers Market (PTK), MyFarm Outlet (MFO) and Farmer Association Complex (PPK) CAN operate from 6 am to 4 pm.
- Wholesale markets CAN operate from 12.01 am till 6 am and 11 am to 4 pm – subject to permission from PBT with compliance to SOP and supervision from RELA and PBTs.
- Night markets, farmers markets, weekly markets and guest markets are NOT ALLOWED to operate.
Agriculture, fisheries, farming and commodities
- Please refer to the ‘List of Necessary Services by Sector‘.
- Fishing for personal subsistence is ALLOWED.
Mining & construction
- The supply of building materials such as rocks, minerals and cement in existing stockpiles, as well as movement/travel from mines/quarries to a premise, construction site or major public infrastructure construction projects, are ALLOWED.
- Maintainance works at mines/quarry are ALLOWED.
- ALL public and private Institutes of Higher Learning (IPT) Vocational Training Institutes, schools not managed by the Education Ministry (MOE), Islamic tahfiz facilities and other educational facilities are CLOSED. IPTs under the management of the Higher Education Ministry (MOHE) is continued through online sessions.
- ALL schools under MOE, private educational facilities that are categorized as schools, and education centres like tuition centres, language centres, practical skill centres, guidance centres and other facilities registered under MOE will be CLOSED from 29 June.
- ONLY students in international/expatriate schools that are participating in international examinations are ALLOWED to be physically present and sit for examinations as scheduled by the international examination bodies.
- Face-to-face teaching and learning (PdP) activities are NOT ALLOWED except for IPT students ‘in need’.
- International examinations, professional bodies and research activities that require the use of laboratories at IPT facilities are ALLOWED in accordance with standard operating procedures (SOP) provided by IPTs along with permission to travel/move by KPT or the IPT in question.
- Students in boarding schools, universities or other institutions are ALLOWED to remain there and continue ‘hybrid’ learning.
Kindergartens, daycare & special care facilities
- Local/international/expatriate, public or private kindergarten, TABIKA, TASKA and child development centres for 4 to 6 year-olds are NOT PERMITTED to operate, except, if both of the child’s parents are frontliners and work in necessary services.
- Residential care centres or rehabilitation centres for children, people with disabilities (OKU), seniors, women and various other care centres are ALLOWED to operate in accordance with the SOP determined by associated Ministries and Agencies.
- Muslim prayer activities at mosques and ‘suraus’ are LIMITED to a maximum of 12 of the facility’s committee members (AJK). Other activities are NOT PERMITTED.
- ‘Akad Nikah’ or solemnization are ONLY PERMITTED to take place at the State Religious Authority/Department offices – attendance will be determined by each respective state’s religious authority.
- Muslim funeral processions are PERMITTED according to regulations provided by State Religious Authority.
- Attendance and activities at non-Muslim places of worship are LIMITED to a maximum of 12 AJK members. Other worshipers are NOT PERMITTED
- Marriage registrations for non-Muslims at the National Registration Department (JPN), places of worship and religious associations are PERMITTED – attendance is subjected to regulations made by JPN.
- Funeral processions for non-Muslims are PERMITTED with regulations set by the National Unity Ministry (KPN).
Sports & recreation
- Sports and recreational activities performed individually in open areas without physical contact is LIMITED ONLY to jogging and exercise in adherence to physical distancing guidelines of at least 2 to 3 meters distance apart from other people and performed within your own neighbourhoods from 7 am to 8 pm.
- Centralized training programs including tournaments or quarantined closed matches conducted by the National Sports Council (MSN) will be conducted via Camp Based Learning.
- Centralized quarantined training programs conducted by State Sports Councils will be conducted via Camp Based Learning.
- Centralized training programs including training under quarantine for teams under the Malaysian Football League (MFL) will be done based on a ‘Sports Bubble’ or Camp Based Learning.
- Production and broadcasting of creative content via recordings or live broadcasts involving animation, film/drama/sitcom production, dance/theatre/musicals/cultural performances are NOT PERMITTED, except if conducted online or private live streams.
- Recorded broadcasts or live broadcasts of informational, news, forums, talk shows (non-entertainment ones) are PERMITTED.
- ANY ACTIVITIES NOT LISTED IN THIS SOP WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.
List of Necessary Services Permitted To Operate
- Food and beverages (including animal feed).
- Health and medical care including dietary supplements, care products as well as veterinary clinics and services.
- Security (security and safety), defence, emergency, welfare and humanitarian aid.
- Solid waste management, public cleaning/sanitation and sewerage.
- Transportation by land, water or air.
- Port, shipyard and airport services and operations, including loading, cargo handling and piloting, and the storage or packing of commodities.
- Communications including media, telecommunications and internet, post and courier services as well as broadcasting (for the purposes of news and such).
- Banking, insurance, takaful and capital markets (subjected to Financial Services SOP by Bank Negara Malaysia – manpower capacity limited to 60%).
- Pawnshops and community credit facilities.
- E-commerce and information technology.
- Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants.
- Hotels and accommodation (only for the purpose of quarantine, segregation, employment for necessary services – not tourism).
- Critical construction, maintenance and repair.
- Forestry and wildlife services (limited to enforcement).
- Logistics limited to delivering necessary services.
List of Necessary Services By Sector
Production (worker capacity 60%)
- Aerospace (components and maintenance, repair and overhaul – MRO).
- Food and beverages.
- Packaging and printing materials related to food and health materials.
- Personal care items and detergents.
- Health care and medical products.
- Personal care items, personal protective equipment (PPE) including rubber gloves and fire safety equipment.
- Components for medical devices.
- Electrical and electronics (crucial to the global economic chain).
- Oil and gas including petrochemicals and petrochemical products.
- Machinery and equipment related to health and food.
- Textiles for PPE production.
- Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants.
Agriculture, fisheries, farming & commodities (optimum worker capacity)
- Agriculture, fisheries and farming (livestock) including its chain of activities/services.
- Plantation and commodities including its chain of activities/services (palm oil, rubber, pepper, cocoa).
- Critical maintenance and repair work.
- Major public infrastructure construction works.
- Building construction work that provides complete employee accommodation on the construction site or having workers stationed in Centralized Labour Quarters (CLQ).
- Small scale construction and projects managed by G1 and G2 grade contractors.
Trade & distribution
- Shopping complexes are effectively CLOSED, except for supermarkets, hypermarkets and departmental stores with food and beverage section, basic necessities, pharmacy, personal care, convenience stores, mini-marts and restaurants offering takeaway and home deliveries.
- Supermarkets, hypermarkets, pharmacies, personal care, convenience stores and mini-marts as well departmental store operations RESTRICTED to the food, beverage and basic necessities section only.
- Laundry (including self-service)
- Other Specialty Retail Stores (gas stations).
- Pet care and pet food stores.
- Optometry and optical goods store.
- Hardware store.
- Vehicle workshop, maintenance and spare parts.
- E-commerce (all product categories).
- Wholesale and distribution (all categories of necessary service products).
- Any services, employment, industry, business set by the Government after consulting with the authorities that regulate such things.
*ACTIVITIES NOT LISTED IN THIS SOP ARE NOT PERMITTED
Negative List – prohibited activities
- Spas, reflexology centres, massage centres, wellness centres as well as manicure and pedicure services.
- Cybercafes and internet centres.
- Driving school/centre, maritime and aviation training centres.
- Outdoor photography.
- Casinos, horse race tracks and lottery centres.
- Alcohol factories/breweries and liquor stores.
- Nightclubs and pubs.
- Cinemas or movie theatres.
- Formal or informal, governments/public and private events.
- Social events such as; festive celebrations, ‘kenduri’ or feasts, events, engagement parties, wedding receptions, Aqiqah, Tahlil and ‘doa selamat’ events, birthdays, reunions, retreats, and other social gatherings.
- Having guests/visitors at one’s residence, except, in cases of emergencies or for item deliveries.
- Face-to-face seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, talks, exhibitions and meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE).
- Public tourist attractions such as; zoos, farms, aquariums, edutainment centres, extreme, adventure, nature parks and others.
- Art, cultural and heritage centres such as; museums, libraries, art galleries or cultural heritage villages, performance stages and others.
- Theme parks, family entertainment centres, indoor playgrounds and karaoke places.
- Tourism activities outside district/state boundaries.
- International and domestic tourism activities by locals and domestic tourism activities involving foreigners entering Malaysia.
Sports & recreation activities
- ALL UNLISTED sports and recreational activities
- Operation of ALL sports facilities and premises, except public parks allowed by PBT.
- Sports and recreational activities carried out in groups or involving physical contact.
- Organizing local and international tournaments or competitions or matches EXCEPT internal tournaments organized by the NSC and training matches of teams under the MFL.
- Sports and recreational activities conducted outside of or across MCO enforcement areas, except with permission from PDRM.
- Performances at hotel lounges.
- Indoor or outdoor busking, street performing (except at PPVs).
Other prohibited activities
- Any activities that involve mass gatherings, that can and may complicate/hinder physical distancing efforts as well any other activities, by order of the Health Department Director.
- Other matters will be determined by the government from time to time.
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