Disclaimer: Changes have been made to the story to reflect the latest SOP for Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and Putrajaya as released by MKN.
Defence Minister Ismail Sabri announced that a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will be enforced in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and Putrajaya beginning 14 October
During a live address from his home on Monday, 12 October, Ismail Sabri said the CMCO will be in place until 27 October.
All areas and districts in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor will fall under the CMCO.
Today, 13 October, the National Security Council (MKN) released detailed guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the public to adhere during this period.
The previous CMCO was imposed from 4 May to 9 June
For comparison, the original MCO was first implemented on 18 March which saw strict restrictions on all public movement and mass gatherings of all purposes - business, social, religious, sporting, or cultural.
Most business premises were closed, except supermarkets, public markets, and convenience stores that sell everyday necessities.
When the COVID-19 situation improved, the country moved into CMCO where economic activities resumed with strict conditions but leisure activities were still banned.
Basically, any sort of event that involved mass gatherings, body contact, or where social distancing could not be controlled, was prohibited during this period.
With that said, here are the CMCO SOP in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and Putrajaya that you need to know:
1. All economic sectors and business activities throughout Selangor, Putrajaya, and Kuala Lumpur will still be allowed to operate
Businesses will be allowed to continue operations subject to conditions and tight SOP, such as performing body temperature screening, practising physical distancing, and using face masks and sanitisers.
All government services will also remain operational throughout the CMCO, where civil servants will adapt a rotation system or work from home.
2. Interdistrict travel will only be allowed for work purposes with proper permission from employers
Crossing from one district into another will not be allowed unless a letter is obtained from employers. The public should otherwise stay in their district of residence.
"There are people from Shah Alam working in Putrajaya. That is considered interdistrict travel. There are people in Seremban who work in Putrajaya. They are allowed to commute daily, as long as they have a valid working pass or a letter from employers," said Ismail Sabri today, 13 October.
Police will be setting up roadblocks to control movement.
3. All public transport such as buses, taxis, e-hailing, and light rail transit (LRT) will be allowed to operate
However, taxis and e-hailing will only be allowed a maximum of two passengers and be allowed to operate from 6am to midnight.
Petrol stations will be allowed to open from 6am to 10pm, with the exception of highway petrol stations that can be 24 hours.
4. Restaurants, eateries, food trucks, stalls, and food courts will be allowed to operate from 6am to 10pm
Dine-in will be allowed to a maximum of two people per table, but the public is encouraged to opt for drive-thru, takeaway, or delivery.
5. Only two persons in each household will be allowed to leave home to buy essential items such as food and groceries
Groceries stores and convenience stores will be allowed to operate from 6am to 10pm.
Meanwhile, these are the operation times for various marketplaces:
- Morning markets 6am to 2pm
- Wholesale markets 4am to 2pm
- Farmer's markets 6am to 2pm
- Night markets 4pm to 10pm
Markets will be subject to strict supervision by personnel from the People's Volunteer Corps (RELA).
6. All kindergartens, primary schools, high schools, colleges, and private and public universities will be closed
Even though physical classes are dismissed, the Ministry of Education (MOE) emphasised that teachers and students should continue their teaching and learning process at home.
Private and public university students will be allowed to sit for international exams. However, courses and seminars will not be allowed.
7. All religious activities, including Friday prayers for Muslims, will be suspended
However, six jemaah, or administrative officers, will be allowed in mosques and other non-Muslim places of worship, respectively.
8. All sports, recreational, and cultural activities, including weddings, engagement ceremonies and such, are prohibited
However, outdoors sports that can be done individually and do not involve physical contact - such as jogging, cycling, and golf - are permitted.
All other entertainment outlets including nightclubs, massage parlours, cinemas, and karaoke centres will not be permitted to open.
9. Violation of SOPs can land you in jail or with a fine
The rules are gazetted in the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020.
Anyone who violates any of these regulations may be liable to a fine not exceeding RM1,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both.
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