Movement Control Order Returns On January 13, 2021: Here’s What You Can And Cannot Do

Movement Control Order Returns On January 13, 2021: Here’s What You Can And Cannot Do

Malaysia will enter another period of Movement Control Order (MCO) starting Wednesday (January 13) at 12am, until January 26. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced that this is to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has overwhelmed the country’s healthcare system.

There will be three stages of MCO:

Movement Control Order (MCO)

This will affect the following states: Penang, Selangor,  the federal territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan), Melaka, Johor and Sabah.

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Here are the restrictions:

  • No interstate and inter-district travel.
  • Social activities involving mass gatherings such as weddings, conferences, religious parades including Thaipusam, meetings, seminars, courses and group sports are not allowed.
  • Movement is limited to a 10km radius.
  • When buying essentials from supermarkets or grocery stores, only two household members are allowed to go out and be in the same vehicle. Those who violate this will be fined RM1,000.
  • Only five essential economic sectors are allowed to operate: manufacturing, construction, services, trading and distribution, as well as plantations and commodities. Only 30 percent of employees in a company’s management group are allowed to be in the office. For employees in the support group, the number of employees permitted at a time will be determined by their respective employers.
  • For sectors or services that are not listed as essential services, employees are required to work from home.
  • Restaurants and hawker stalls are only allowed to operate for takeaway. Food delivery services are allowed to operate.
  • Supermarkets, health services including clinics, hospitals and pharmacies; as well as banks are allowed to operate.
  • Students and candidates sitting for major exams, including SPM for 2020 and 2021, are allowed to attend school with strict SOPs. The Ministry of Education Malaysia will reveal more details.
  • For religious activities, only committee members of mosques or houses of worship are allowed to attend functions, at a maximum of five people.
  • You are allowed to leave home for recreational activities with a maximum of one household member. Keep two metres away from others at all times. No more than two people are allowed to jog. No cycling in groups.

Conditional MCO (CMCO)

This will affect the following states: Pahang, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan.

Here are the restrictions:

  • No interstate travel.
  • Social activities involving mass gatherings such as weddings, conferences, religious parades including Thaipusam, meetings, seminars, courses and group sports are not allowed.
  • Restaurants and hawker stalls can operate as usual, following the SOPs.
  • Religious activities are allowed with the minimum attendance number specified in the SOP.

Recovery MCO (RMCO)

This will affect the following states: Perlis and Sarawak.

Here are the restrictions:

  • No interstate travel.
  • Social activities are allowed, subject to SOP compliance.
  • Restaurants and hawker stalls can operate as usual, following the SOPs.
  • Religious activities are allowed with the minimum attendance number specified in the SOP

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