Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) will not be imposed by the government and no action will be taken against anyone.
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No summons will be issued to any individuals who do not wear a face mask in public, says Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.
This, according to Dr Noor Azmi, after the Health Ministry’s recent announcement that the use of face masks indoors was now also optional.
However, all individuals are required to wear a face mask if they are positive for Covid-19, at healthcare facilities or while using public transportation.
“The government will not impose the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) and will not take action against anyone.
“People are familiar with and understand public health and we are close to getting back to our normal lives, even social and economic activities have also been held and group gatherings have been allowed.
“So, we need to take care of ourselves and practise new norms, including wearing a face mask if we have symptoms of Covid-19 and isolating ourselves in addition to making a report in the MySejahtera application,” the Bagan Serai MP was quoted as saying by Bernama.
Dr Noor Azmi also said that the public is still encouraged to wear face masks in crowded places.
Previously, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar had announced that the use of face masks indoors was now optional, although premise owners are allowed to enforce the face mask requirement if they want to.
In a related matter, the deputy health minister said that Malaysia is waiting for the declaration for the country to enter the endemic phase of Covid-19 from World Health Organisation (WHO).
“We previously entered the transition to endemic phase because there were still reported cases of Covid-19 and there are things we still have to take care of and control,” he said.
Malaysia has entered the transition to the endemic phase beginning on 1 April which saw the country boarders’ were reopened after a two-year closure to foreign travellers since the implementation of the Movement Control Order on 18 March 2020.