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Updated SOP for MCO / PKP 2.0 : What You Need To Know!

Take a look at the updated SOP for the stricter MCO / PKP 2.0 lockdown of Malaysia!

Updated @ 2021-02-04 : Barbershops, hair saloons and car washes are now allowed.

Updated @ 2021-01-29 : Added changes to night markets and allowed businesses.

Updated @ 2021-01-21 : Added the extension for eateries to 10 PM.

Updated @ 2021-01-13 : Added the MCO SOP video, and additional SOP.

Originally posted @ 2021-01-12

 

MCO / PKP 2.0 : Why The Need For New SOP?

The MCO (Movement Control Order) 2.0 initially applied to eight states and territories in Malaysia on Wednesday, 13 January 2021.

The MCO 2.0 was soon extended across the entire country, except for Sarawak, from 26 January 2021 onwards.

The government then introduced a new SOP to balance the massive spike in COVID-19 cases, with the economic losses of the original MCO lockdown.

 

Updated SOP for MCO / PKP 2.0 (29 Jan 2021) in Malaysia!

On 12 January 2021, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced some details of the new SOP for MCO / PKP 2.0.

This was followed by various changes to the SOP announced by MKN over time.

Please follow this SOP, because failure to do so could result in a compound of up to RM1,000 per offence!

Travel

  • Two (2) persons are allowed to leave each household, in the same vehicle, to purchase food and other necessities.
  • Up to 3 people (including the patient) are allowed to leave each household to seek healthcare.
  • Travel is limited to a radius of 10 km from your household, unless there is no supply / availability within 10 km.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel are FORBIDDEN.
  • Tourism is FORBIDDEN.
  • Travel for emergencies like funerals are allowed with permission from the police.
  • Travel because of natural disasters are allowed.
  • PCA and RGL travel arrangements between Malaysia and Singapore are allowed to continue.

Food & Beverage Industry

  • Restaurants (including those in pubs and night clubs), cafes, hawker stalls, roadside stalls, food courts, food trucks are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • No dine-in is allowed. Only takeaway, drive-through and delivery are permitted

Petrol Stations

  • Operation hours : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations on highways and expressways allowed to operate 24 hours

Markets

  • Morning and farmers’ markets : 7 AM to 2 PM
  • Wholesale markets : 11 AM to 4 PM, or 12 PM to 6 PM
  • Night markets and late night bazaars : 4 PM until 10 PM.

Healthcare

  • Hospitals, clinics, medical labs : 24 hours
  • Pharmacies : 6 AM to 10 PM
  • Veterinary clinics + pet food stores : 6 AM to 10 PM

Shopping + Services

  • Supermarkets are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Laundromats, including self-service laundromats : 6 AM to 10 PM
  • Hair saloons + barber shops : until 10 PM.
  • Optical shops : 6 AM to 10 PM.
  • Car washes : until 10 PM.
  • Clothing stores are FORBIDDEN.

Schools + Education

  • Students who will undertake major examinations like SPM, SVM, SKM, STPM, STAM, and DVM for 2020 and 2021 are allowed to attend school with strict SOP.
  • Matriculation colleges are allowed to operate.
  • Students in boarding schools and universities are allowed to continue hybrid studying.
  • International and professional exams are allowed.
  • Research activities requiring lab access in institutes of higher learning are allowed.
  • Lecturers and teachers are allowed to travel to teach classes with examinations.
  • Kindergartens, nurseries and day care facilities are allowed to continue operating.
  • Tuition, music, dance, art, language classes are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : MOE Directive On Schools In MCO, CMCO + RMCO Areas!

Sports

  • Running and jogging allowed, but limited to maximum of two (2) family members
  • Cycling allowed, but limited to one (1) person, up to 10 km from household.
  • Group cycling is FORBIDDEN.
  • Physical distance of 2 metres should be maintained
  • All other sporting activities are FORBIDDEN.

Entertainment

  • Night clubs and pubs are FORBIDDEN.
  • Theme parks, indoor playgrounds, family karaoke and cinemas are FORBIDDEN.
  • Concerts and live events are FORBIDDEN.
  • Spas, reflexology centres are FORBIDDEN.

Social + Religious Activities

  • Parades and religious gatherings like Thaipusam are FORBIDDEN.
  • Up to 5 committee members may manage mosques and other religious houses of worship.
  • Weddings, parties, engagement parties, receptions, anniversary celebrations, birthday celebrations, reunions, retreats and other social events are FORBIDDEN.

Manufacturing + Business Activities

  • The government has identified five (5) essential economic sectors that will be allowed to operate – manufacturing, construction, essential services, trade and distribution, as well as plantations and commodities.
  • However, only 30% of the management team is allowed to be in the office.
  • For unlisted sectors or non-essential services, employees are required to work from home.
  • Conferences, meetings, seminars, courses and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) activities are FORBIDDEN.

Recommended : 2021 MCO : Business Sectors Allowed By MITI

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During MCO!

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MCO 2.0 Updates For Night Markets + Businesses

There have been some updates to the MCO 2.0 SOP, allowing night markets and timber operations, and extending business hours!

 

MCO 2.0 Updates For Businesses

On 28 January 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced the extension of business hours and timber operations.

From 29 January 2021 onwards, all permitted retail and service businesses will be allowed to open from 6 AM until 10 PM.

  • Supermarkets and shopping malls
  • Groceries and convenience stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Veterinarian clinics and pet food stores
  • Laundromats and optical stores
  • Petrol stations

The government is also allowing logging operations to resume from 29 January 2021 onwards, as well as all timber-related businesses.

 

MCO 2.0 Updates For Night Markets

MKN also introduced changes to the MCO 2.0 SOP on 27 January 2021, allowing night markets to open from 4 PM until 10 PM.

Needless to say, sellers and visitors at these night markets will have to register with MySejahtera, and follow the SOP to protect themselves, namely :

  • wear a face mask at all times
  • maintain physical distancing of 1-2 metres
  • maintain good hand hygiene

 

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Shopping Malls With COVID-19 Cases : Misleading!

A PowerPoint presentation on Klang Valley shopping malls with COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days has gone viral, but it is really misleading.

Find out what happened, and what the facts really are!

 

Shopping Malls With COVID-19 Cases : The Viral List

The PowerPoint presentation was prepared by Sensata Technologies Malaysia, apparently for their internal use.

It boasts that no Sensata Technologies Malaysia employee has tested positive for COVID-19, and included a list of shopping malls with COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days.

It appears to suggest that STM employees should not go to these shopping malls, or any shopping mall, to ensure they won’t get infected.

 

Shopping Malls With COVID-19 Cases : Misleading!

The list of shopping malls with COVID-19 cases was compiled by Sensata Technologies Malaysia based on the MySejahtera app.

The list accurately shows what MySejahtera reported, but the list is MISLEADING and here are the reasons why…

Reason #1 : KKM Confirmed That It’s Misleading

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) confirmed that this list is misleading, because of the reasons below…

Reason #2 : MySejahtera Does Not Show Cases For Specific Locations

The MySejahtera app allows you to look up specific locations, but it will NOT show the case numbers for any specific location.

It is not possible for anyone to use MySejahtera to find out that IKEA Damansara has 3 cases, for example.

MySejahtera will only show you the number of reported COVID-19 cases within a 1 km radius. That’s a 3.14 square kilometre area.

Reason #3 : MySejahtera Shows Cases In 1 KM Radius In Past 14 Days

The MySejahtera Hot Spot tracker feature only lists the number of reported COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days.

If you try it out now, you can search for Pavilion KL, and it will say,

There have been 804 reported case(s) of COVID-19 within a 1 km radius from your searched location in the last 14 days.

It cannot be used to confirm that Pavilion KL has 834 cases on 1 January 2021, and 804 cases on 2 January 2021.

What those numbers mean is that on 1 January 2021, the area surrounding Pavilion KL had 834 cases, and that dropped to 804 cases on 2 January 2021.

 

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CMCO Extended For 6 States / Territories, And Ends For 3!

The Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) just announced that CMCO will be extended in 6 states / territories, and will end for 3 other states / territories.

Here is the list of states and territories where CMCO is extended, and where they will end!

 

Areas Where CMCO Is Extended To 14 January 2021

With daily highs in COVID-19 cases, the Malaysian National Security Council (MKN) announced another extension of the CMCO / PKPB lockdown of these states and territories.

This extended CMCO / PKPB lockdown will now end on 14 January 2021.

 

Areas Where CMCO Will End On 28 December 2020

On the other hand, the situation has improved in these areas, and their CMCO / PKPB lockdown will end on 28 December 2020.

 

Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : Latest December 2020 SOP!

Here is the new, updated MKN SOP on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in CMCO / PKPB areas in Peninsular Malaysia :

GENERAL

  • 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 12 AM.

ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

  • 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, between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • Restaurants, food stores, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, food stalls, food kiosks, groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 AM.
  • Dine-in is allowed, with 1 meter distance between every person.
  • Daily, wholesale, farmer’s and night markets are allowed to open until 12 AM.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 AM, except for those on highways – they can open 24 hours
  • Laundry services are allowed between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • All other permitted businesses are allowed to operate between 6 AM and 12 AM.
  • All other essential activities NOT listed in the Negative List are permitted, subject to the existing SOPs.

For more details, please see Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : New December 2020 SOP!

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During CMCO!

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CMCO / PKPB Ends For Kedah, Melaka, Johor, Terengganu!

The CMCO / PKPB lockdown of Kedah, Melaka, Johor and Terengganu ends today, 21 November 2020!

 

CMCO / PKPB Ends For Kedah, Melaka, Johor, Terengganu!

Now that COVID-19 cases have dropped significantly in Kedah, Melaka, Johor and Terengganu, the Malaysian National Security Council announced that their CMCO / PKPB lockdowns will end early.

Instead of ending on 6 December 2020, all four states will now end today, 21 November 2020.

There are some exceptions though :

  • the district of Kulim in Kedah remains under CMCO / PKPB lockdown.
  • the districts of Kota Tinggi and Mersing in Johor remain under CMCO / PKPB lockdown.

 

CMCO Ends : RMCO Rules Apply For Kedah, Melaka, Johor, Terengganu

The ending of CMCO / PKPB does not mean complete freedom. It only means Kedah, Melaka, Johor and Terengganu returns to RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order) SOP, like :

  • 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.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed to operate as normal (up to 2 AM), but must follow the established SOP.
  • Hair salons, beauty salons and barbers are allowed to operate up to 12 AM, but must follow the established SOP.
  • Restaurants, food stores, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, food stalls, food kiosks, groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open as normal (between 7 AM and 2 AM).
  • Dine-in is allowed with physical distancing of 1 meter between persons at the same table, and following other Food Sector SOP.
  • All sporting and recreational activities are allowed, with physical distancing of 1-3 metres (static), and 3-5 metres (dynamic)
  • Water sports activities like swimming, surfing, scuba diving, wakeboarding, sailing, boating, etc. are allowed.
  • Sporting events and competitions with spectators, or those with foreign participants are FORBIDDEN.
  • Wedding registrations are allowed, with a limit of 20 participants at the registration office.
  • Pubs and night clubs are FORBIDDEN, except for restaurant services.
  • Overseas tourism is FORBIDDEN.
  • Local tourism is allowed, except for foreigners who are not in the list of permitted countries.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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
  • Keep our homes, offices, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, 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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Machines Northpoint : Closed After COVID-19 Exposure!

Machines just announced the closure of their Northpoint Service Centre after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Find out what happened, and if you need to be concerned about this new development!

 

Machines Northpoint : One Employee Positive For COVID-19

On 26 October 2020, Machines announced that an employee at their Northpoint service centre tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee, who last worked at the Mid Valley outlet on 16 October 2020, was summoned by the Malaysia Ministry of Health for testing, after close contact with a COVID-19 positive case.

The employee went for the test on 23 October 2020, and it came back positive today, 26 October 2020.

Machines immediately close their Northpoint service centre outlet for disinfection and cleaning, and it will remain closed until further notice.

They are now working with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to identify close contacts for COVID-19 testing and quarantine.

This is the second COVID-19 incident involving Machines. On 12 October, they shut down the Machines Mid Valley retail outlet, after an employee there tested positive.

 

Machines Northpoint : Official Statement On COVID-19 Case

Here is the official Machines announcement on the COVID-19 positive case at their Northpoint service centre :

Dear Valued Customers

We would like to confirm that an employee in our Machines Service Centre at Northpoint Office Mid Valley KL received a positive Covid-19 test result on 26 October 2020.

The employee has not been at work since clocking out on 16 October 2020. Following close contact with another Covid positive case outside of work, the employee was summoned to KKM for testing on 23 October 2020 and received her test result today.

We are working closely with KKM to identify contacts for testing and quarantine. We shall be conducting wider precautionary testing in the interest of the safety of our employees and customers. Our Northpoint Service Centre is closed for disinfection and cleaning until further notice.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to adhere to KKM’s and MKN’s guidelines and SOPs to deter the spread of the disease and keep our community safe.

Thank you.

 

Machines Northpoint COVID-19 : Should You Be Concerned?

These shopping mall infections reinforce the importance of contact tracing, and the MySejahtera mobile app which logs the movements of its users.

While shopping malls and all other public premises offer physical logbooks, we highly recommend that you use MySejahtera, because it allows for easier and faster contact tracing.

Using the MySejahtera mobile app also obviates the need to sign a physical logbook, which usually means using a shared pen – an unnecessary risk factor.

If you happen to be in close contact with this Machines employee at their Northpoint service centre, you will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine and undergo a COVID-19 screening test.

COVID-19 is easily destroyed by soap, so the deep cleaning operation will definitely clean the branch of any infectious particles.

More importantly, face masks greatly reduce the risk of infection. That’s why it is critical for everyone to wear a face mask in public.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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PJ Digital Mall : Closed For Cleaning After COVID-19 Exposure

The PJ Digital Mall is closing on 18 October 2020 for deep cleaning, after a second All IT Hypermarket employee tested positive for COVID-19!

Find out what happened, and if you need to be concerned about this new development!

 

PJ Digital Mall : One Employee Positive For COVID-19

At around 11:30 PM on 17 October 2020, PJ Digital Mall announced that a second All IT Hypermarket employee tested positive for COVID-19.

All IT Hypermarket had earlier announced that an employee at their SOGO KL outlet tested positive.

Both the SOGO KL and PJ Digital Mall cases are actually siblings from the same household, just working in different All IT Hypermarket outlets.

This second sibling (Staff B) last worked at the Digital Mall outlet on Friday, 16 October 2020, reporting to work in the morning and clocking out at 2 PM.

He was asymptomatic and went for a COVID-19 test on Saturday, 17 October 2020, and was diagnosed the very same day.

As a result of this positive test result, PJ Digital Mall will shut down on 18 October 2020, to disinfect and sanitise all areas inside their mall.

They will reopen the following day, on 19 October 2020.

They are also placing those in close contact with the affected staff under self-quarantine, and sending them to get tested.

 

PJ Digital Mall COVID-19 Exposure : Should You Be Concerned?

As per MOH guidelines, they should be performing contact tracing, and contacting those who came in close contact with the affected employee.

If you happen to be in close contact with the affected All IT Hypermarket employees at their PJ Digital Mall or SOGO KL outlet, you will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine as well as undergo a COVID-19 screening test.

These shopping mall infections reinforce the importance of contact tracing, and the MySejahtera mobile app which lets its users quickly and easily log their movements.

While shopping malls and all other public premises offer physical logbooks, we highly recommend that you use the MySejahtera mobile app, because it allows for easier and faster contact tracing.

Using the MySejahtera mobile app also obviates the need to sign a physical logbook, which usually means using a shared pen – an unnecessary risk factor.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is easily destroyed by soap, so even a simple cleaning operation will definitely clear the branch of any infectious particles.

But most important of all – we need to remember to always wear a face mask in public. Face masks have been proven to prevent the spread and reduce the risk of being infected by COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

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