The whole of Klang Valley — consisting of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya — will be entering Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) on Friday, 1 October
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the decision today, 29 September.
He said that this is in accordance with the country recording a decline in infectivity rate, R-naught (R0). As of yesterday, 28 September, Malaysia recorded an R0 of 0.88.
The government predicts that as long as the country's R0 remains under 1, the daily number of new COVID-19 cases will also go down.
Melaka will also progress from Phase 2 to Phase 3 while Kedah will move from Phase 1 to Phase 2
This means that no states in Malaysia will be in Phase 1 of NRP effective 1 October.
Kedah, Penang, Perak, Kelantan, Johor, and Sabah will be in Phase 2. The Klang Valley, Melaka, Perlis, Pahang, Terengganu, and Sarawak will be in Phase 3, and Negeri Sembilan and Labuan will be in Phase 4.
Ismail Sabri said that standard operating procedures (SOPs) in Phase 3 will be the same as previously announced for other states
Meanwhile, he also announced further relaxation of SOPs as decided by the Special Committee on Pandemic Management.
For states under Phase 2 and Phase 3, official government and private events including launch events and workshops will be allowed at 50% of the premises' capacity.
Meanwhile, for Phase 4 states, these events are allowed to take place at 100% capacity.
Those who have yet to be vaccinated are allowed to attend events but they must take a self-test before attending, witnessed by the organiser or with confirmation from a medical practitioner.
Besides that, the skills training sector and industrial training centres including vocational colleges will be allowed to open in all phases in compliance with SOPs, in line with the opening of institutes of higher learning starting 15 October.
The government also announced that spectators will be allowed at sports and recreational events in all phases, provided that they have been fully vaccinated. They must also wear face masks throughout the event. No eating or drinking is allowed, and children below 18 will not be permitted to attend.
Remember to limit your movement and keep practising physical distancing. Find out the latest COVID-19 updates on the Ministry of Health's COVIDNOW website.