Is the new face mask and social distancing SOP for Malaysia that’s been circulating on social media true?
Find out what people are sharing about the new face mask and social distancing SOPs, and what the FACTS really are!
New Malaysia Face Mask SOP For Driving + Eating Out?
This is the message that’s gone viral on social media – a summary of new face mask and social distancing requirements for driving and eating out at cafes and restaurants…
New Malaysia Face Mask SOP For Driving + Eating Out : BULLSHIT
Here is a short and sweet rebuttal of the viral message that people have been sharing like crazy today – it’s BULLSHIT.
Everyone’s worried because 1 August 2020 is the first day of the new mandatory requirement to wear face masks in public in Malaysia. Failure to do so will incur a fine of RM 1,000 per person.
Here are the facts why this is yet another fake post on social media :
Fact #1 : Face Masks Only Compulsory In Public Transportation + Public Spaces
On 23 July 2020, Senior Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the face mask will be mandatory in these public spaces starting 1 August 2020.
- Inside public transportation
- Crowded public spaces
- Areas where social distancing is impossible
Fact #2 : Checks Are Not Based On MyKad Addresses
Malaysian MyKad addresses are not used to verify if people in a private vehicle are from the same family or living together. That’s because they are often not up to date.
A husband and wife, or housemates, will often have different addresses, as there is no requirement to change or update addresses even if one is married, or move to a different address.
It is really illogical to use MyKad addresses to determine if people are from the same family, or living together. That’s why the police won’t ask to see the address on your MyKad.
In fact, there is no requirement to wear a face mask in your own car in Malaysia, so the police won’t even stop you!
Fact #3 : Social Distancing Is Not Required In Private Vehicles
There is no requirement to perform social distancing in vehicles. Not even in taxis and e-hailing vehicles.
In the Malaysia Transportation Ministry SOP issued on 23 June 2020, social distancing isn’t required in taxis and e-hailing vehicles, as long as they are from the same family.
Both driver and passengers are protected by the requirement for everyone to wear a face mask inside taxis and e-hailing vehicles in Malaysia.
Fact #4 : MCMC Confirmed The Post As Fake
MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission) issued not one, but two notices, to confirm that the SOPs for wearing a face mask and practicing social distancing in vehicles are FALSE.
COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!
Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :
- Stay at home or shelter in place
- Keep your hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
- Keep your home, office, vehicle, etc. clean
- If you must go out, maintain a social distance of 6 feet (2 metres)
- Wear a surgical mask and make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
- Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation
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