There was some confusion over what sports and exercise are allowed during the full lockdown of Malaysia, but the Ministry of Youth and Sports has just clarified the SOP.
Sports + Exercise : Limited During Full Lockdown!
On 30 May 2021, the Malaysia’s Senior Minister for Security Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaacob gave a press conference detailing the total lockdown SOP that will kick in on 1 June 2021.
At that time, he said that individual sports and recreational activities without physical contact in open spaces are allowed, LIMITED to jogging and exercise with physical distancing of 2-3 metres within the neighbourhood.
That led to some confusion – what did he mean by exercise? Does that include cycling, tai-chi, yoga, etc?
Sports + Exercise During Full Lockdown : What’s Allowed?
On 31 May 2021, the Ministry of Youth and Sports clarified the SOP on sports and exercise during the full lockdown, which many Malaysians are calling FMCO (Full MCO).
- Only jogging and individual exercise without physical contact, are allowed in open spaces.
- Permitted individual exercises are static in nature, like stretching, skipping ropes, jumping and running in place, and so on.
- Jogging and individual exercise are only permitted within the neighbourhood (up to 10 km from your home) from 7 AM until 8 PM.
- When jogging and exercising, you must maintain a minimum physical distance of 2 to 3 metres from each other.
From what the Ministry of Youth and Sports have mentioned, it looks like cycling, skateboarding, rollerskating, etc are not permitted even if they are done individually.
The KL City Council – DBKL – also announced that all public parks are closed during the total lockdown (FMCO).
In addition, the government also announced that the following sporting activities are FORBIDDEN :
- Centralised training programs, including closed quarantined competitions are not permitted, except using Camp Based Training.
- All sports and recreation premises and facilities.
- International or local championships, competitions, and matches
- Sporting or recreational activities that cross district and state lines.
- Leisure fishing activities
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