Penang Upgraded To COVID-19 Recovery Phase 2!

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MKN just announced that Penang will be upgraded to Phase 2 of COVID-19 Recovery Plan from 7 July 2021 onwards!

Here is what we know so far!


Penang Upgraded To COVID-19 Recovery Phase 2!

On 5 July 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that Penang will be upgraded to Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Recovery Plan, starting 7 July 2021!

This decision was made after Penang successfully achieved these three indicators of the COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

  • New cases averaging less than 12.2 cases per 100,000 – just 9.5 cases per 100,000 population
  • Moderate ICU use capacity, with the Capacity to Respond at an adequate level
  • Two dose vaccination rate exceeding 10% – currently at 10.1%.

Penang To Enter COVID-19 Recovery Phase 2!


Penang Under COVID-19 Recovery Phase 2 : What Changes?

Government Operations During Phase 2

Government offices can conduct hybrid operations – both office and work from home using this approach :

  • Office capacity must not exceed 40% (not including frontliners, security, defence and law enforcement) and 60% must work from home, in turns.
  • All meetings and discussions must be conducted online through a safe and secure medium.
  • Counter services will be open.
  • Office attendance must be accompanied by official orders and worker passes.
  • Compliance with COVID-19 SOP.

Malaysia Government Office Operations In Phase 2 States

What Business Can Reopen In Phase 2

These economic sectors can reopen under Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan. They will be allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM daily.

Worker capacity in the private sector for essential services can be increased to 80%.


  • Automotive (vehicles and components
  • Ceramics
  • Furniture factory for export
  • Rubber
  • Iron and steel
  • Cement

Trade + Distribution

  • Book and stationery stores
  • Computers and telecommunications
  • Electrical good
  • Carwashes
  • Barber and hair saloons (basic barber services only)

Travel Restrictions

Interstate and inter-district travel are still FORBIDDEN, except for school teachers and students who are sitting for examinations.

Interstate travel for long-distance couples are allowed, only for emergency and special cases with police approval.


Farmer’s markets and morning markets are allowed to operate from 7 AM until 11 AM, and limited to these six commodities :

  • vegetables
  • fruits
  • groceries
  • processed chicken
  • seafood
  • meat

Weekly markets, night markets and guest markets are FORBIDDEN to operate.

Sports + Recreation

All individual sporting and recreational activities, that do not involve physical touch, are ALLOWED.

Physical distance of at least 2 to 3 metres must be maintained.

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