Malaysia officially extended the RMCO / PKPP restrictions for another 3 months, to 31 March 2021!
Here is a quick refresher on the RMCO / PKPP, including the new SOP announced in December 2020.
Malaysia RMCO / PKPP Extended To 31 March 2021!
RMCO / PKPP is short for Recovery Movement Control Order. It is a lenient form of COVID-19 restrictions that was supposed to end on 31 December 2020.
Unfortunately, after 203 days, COVID-19 cases in Malaysia has only increased to over 113,000, with 471 deaths.
So the Malaysian government ordered a further 3 month extension of the RMCO / PKPP restrictions, to 31 March 2021!
The CMCO / PKPB restrictions, which were recently extended for 6 states / territories, will remain until 14 January 2020.
After travel restrictions were lifted, the only real differences is that areas under CMCO have these two additional restrictions :
- schools and higher institutes of learning are closed
- work from home restrictions for management and supervisory staff
Malaysia RMCO / PKPP : New December 2020 SOP!
Here is the new, updated MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in RMCO / PKPP areas in Malaysia :
- Nationwide travel is allowed, except to EMCO (PKPD) areas.
- Private and commercial vehicles are allowed to carry up to their maximum passenger capacity.
- High risk individuals and children are not encouraged to go out.
- All activities and services at airports and ports are allowed.
- Public transportation, like buses, express buses, LRT / MRT / ERL / Monorail / ferry / airlines / taxi / e-hailing vehicles are allowed to operate as normal.
- Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 2 AM.
- All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
- Businesses must ensure that customers are physically distanced by 1 meter while entering or leaving their premises.
- Businesses must limit the number of customers within their premise, and publicly display the maximum number of customers allowed inside.
- Businesses must ensure that customers check in using MySejahtera or write in the logbook.
- Businesses must scan the body temperature of customers, and those with a body temperature of 37.5 °C are not permitted to enter.
- All employees, suppliers and customers must wear a face mask at all times.
- Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate as usual.
- Restaurants, food stores, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, food stalls, food kiosks, groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM until 2 AM.
- Dine-in is allowed, with 1 meter distance between every person.
- Daily, wholesale, farmer’s and night markets are allowed to open as usual.
- Petrol stations are allowed to open as usual.
- Laundry services are allowed to open as usual.
- All other permitted businesses are allowed to operate as usual.
- All other essential activities NOT listed in the Negative List are permitted, subject to the existing SOPs.
- Public and private clinics and hospitals are allowed to open 24 hours.
- Pharmacies and drugstores are allowed to open as normal.
FISHING, FARMING, PLANTATION INDUSTRIES
- The fishing, farming, plantation, livestock and related food chain industries are allowed to operate as normal.
- All religious activities are allowed, subject to the relevant SOPs.
ENTERTAINMENT, RECREATION + CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
- Entertainment centres, pubs and night clubs are forbidden to open, except for F&B services.
- Theme parks, indoor playgrounds and cinemas are allowed to open.
- All activities are allowed as usual, subject to the Creative Sector SOP.
SPORTS + RECREATION
- All sports and recreational activities are allowed, subject to the Sports & Recreation Sector SOP.
- Sporting events and competitions with spectators and/or with participants from other countries are forbidden.
- All public and private schools, institutions of higher learning, vocational training institutes, kindergartens, day care centres, tahfiz centres, public parks and recreation centres are allowed to operate as usual.
- Tuition, music, dance, art, language classes are allowed to operate as usual.
- Kindergartens, nurseries and childcare centres are allowed to operate as usual, subject to the SOP.
SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS / CONFERENCES
- All seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, lectures and MICE (Meeting, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) are allowed, subject to SOP.
- Face to face meetings in offices, hotels and convention centres are allowed, with physical distancing and the wearing of face masks.
- Official and unofficial government and private ceremonies, and social events like weddings, banquets, engagement parties, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, birthdays, anniversary parties, reunions are allowed, subject to SOP.
- All domestic tourism activities that cross into or out of the EMCO or CMCO areas (except green zones) are forbidden.
- Overseas tourism is forbidden.
- Domestic tourism involving foreign tourists (except from countries approved by the Minister) is forbidden.
- Tour companies are allowed to operate, based on existing SOP.
- Hotels are allowed to provide accommodation.
- Restaurants, including F&B outlets and lounges are allowed.
COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During RMCO!
Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :
- Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
- Avoid public events and crowds
- Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
- If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
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