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Most Industries To Reopen On 4 May

Most Industries To Reopen On 4 May

Hakim Hassan

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The government has announced that starting 4 May, almost all sectors of the economy and business activities will be allowed to operate again but will be subject to the terms and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) set by authorities.

Malaysia has started to ease restrictions on the Movement Control Order (MCO) since it began on 18 March after consistently recording less than 100 cases per day.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said certain categories of industry will not be allowed to operate yet as these business or activities involve social gatherings where body contact is possible, making it difficult to maintain social distancing.

These include movie theaters, karaoke centers, reflexology centers, entertainment centers, nightclubs, theme parks, Ramadan bazaars, Aidilfitri bazaars, carnival sales and all forms of conferences and exhibitions.

Also, sporting activities that involve the gathering of crowds, body contact and other risks of infection are also not allowed.

This includes football, rugby, swimming and all indoor and stadium events.

Outdoor sports activities that do not involve body touch and mass assembly are allowed. So, siblings can play badminton or tennis outside without the audience.

Jogging, biking, golf and small group rides are also allowed provided social distancing is observed and body contact is kept at a minimum.

Social, civic and cultural events involving public gatherings such as feasts, open houses, public breakfasts, concerts, cultural performances, government and private department monthly assemblies and all forms of opening ceremonies and assemblies are also not allowed.

While religious activities such as religious parades, Friday prayers and all other congregation or assembly activities at mosques, prayer rooms and houses of worship are also not permitted.

As for interstate travel, Malaysians are still not permitted to do so except for the purpose of attending work and returning home after being stranded in the village or elsewhere.

Cross-country trips back to the village during the Aidilfitri holidays are not allowed.
 
As of now, all schools, colleges and institutions of higher learning will still be closed until further notice while public and social sectors will be allowed to operate but is subject to the rules and regulations and SOPs set by the authorities.

You can check out the full list here.


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