14 October 2020
Malaysia

On 12 October 2020, the National Security Council (“NSC”) announced that Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya will be put under Conditional Movement Control Order (“CMCO”) in light of the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in the Klang Valley. The CMCO took effect from 12.01am on 14 October 2020 and will be enforced for two weeks (“CMCO period”). A detailed Standard Operating Procedure (“SOP”) has been published on the NSC’s website and is accessible here.

The highlights of the SOP are as below:

Movement control

Only two people are allowed to go out to get necessities. High risk individuals and children are not encouraged to go out to open and crowded spaces.

Interstate and inter-district travel are not allowed unless in cases of emergency. A letter of approval to travel is required from PDRM. Those travelling for work may do so provided they have valid work passes or letter of approvals from their employers. For those who are travelling for work within the same district, this requirement does not apply. The government encourages employers to allow their employees to work from home.

For those travelling through Selangor and Kuala Lumpur to reach other States, they are encouraged to request for permission to travel from PDRM before commencing their journey. Those travelling by air would also need to request for permission to travel from PDRM.

All domestic tourism activities from and into CMCO locality are not allowed.

Economic activities in CMCO locality

All economic activities are allowed to operate as usual but strict SOPs must be enforced following the SOPs imposed in May. More specific details in relation to operation hours are stated in the SOP. Public transportation will operate as usual and clinics and hospitals are allowed to operate for 24 hours. Sectors such as fisheries, farming and agriculture, port and airports are allowed to operate as usual.

Religious activities

Only six people are allowed for religious activities in mosques or places of worship. More information will be released in due course.

Leisure, recreational and cultural activities

All leisure, recreational and cultural activities are not allowed. Entertainment activities such as pubs, nightclubs, recreational parks, theme parks, indoor playgrounds and cinemas are not allowed.

Individual sports, e-sports, non-contact sports and outdoor sports which involve not more than 10 people are allowed.  Swimming, contact sports and sports organisation or competitions which involves spectators from other States are not allowed. Centralised training programmes as carried out by the National Sports Council can proceed on a Quarantine Based Approach.

Education

All public and private institutions of higher learning, schools, kindergartens and nurseries etc.  will need to be closed throughout the CMCO period. However, students who are sitting for exams with foreign institutions of higher learning are allowed to travel to their respective institutes of higher learning for the purposes of sitting for exams.

Meetings and Gatherings

All meetings are to be conducted via video conference tools and face-to-face meetings are discouraged. All social gatherings such as weddings, engagements, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions etc. are not allowed.

 


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