Any travel to buy food, necessities now restricted to 10km under MCO's second phase


Policemen and army personnel manning a roadblock along Jalan Kuala Selangor on Day 13 of the MCO. FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

PETALING JAYA: Any travel to buy food, daily necessities, medicine or dietary supplements has been restricted to 10km from a person's residence during the second phase of the movement control order from April 1 to 14.

These are among the regulations listed under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (No. 2) Regulations 2020, which will take effect from April 1 to 14.

Under the Regulations uploaded on the Attorney-General's website on Wednesday (April 1), the 10km-radius applies to people moving from one place to another to buy food, daily necessities, medicine or dietary supplements.

Additionally, it states that an individual travelling is not allowed to be accompanied by another person unless reasonably necessary.

It added that if a person needs to move from one place to another due "to a special and particular reason", that person shall obtain prior written permission of the police officer in charge at the nearest police station nearest to his or her residence.

The Regulations also state that the movement of people has been restricted to the supply or delivery of food, daily necessities, medicine or dietary supplements, to seek healthcare or medical services or to perform any duty in relation to any essential service.

Under the new Regulations, the number of essential services under the MCO has also been reduced to 10, including food services, water, energy, communications and the internet.

Security and defence, solid waste and public cleansing management and sewerage, healthcare and medical services, including dietary supplements, are also essential services.

Other essential services are banking and finance, e-commerce, as well as logistics confined to the provision of essential services, with the Regulations defining "essential services" as including any activity and process in the supply chain of each of the services.

The Regulations also state that no person shall gather or be involved in any gathering in any premises within any infected local area, whether this for religious, sports, recreational, social or cultural purposes.

"A person may gather or be involved in a gathering for the purposes of a funeral on the condition that the attendance to such ceremony shall be kept to the minimum, ” it said.

The Regulations also state that every citizen, permanent resident or expatriate returning from overseas shall also undergo a health examination upon arrival in Malaysia before proceeding for immigation clearance at any point of entry and shall comply with any direction of an authorised officer.

Those who contravene any of the provision under the Regulations or any direction of the Director-General or an authorised officer commits an offence and shall, upon conviction, be liable to a fine not more than RM1,000 or imprisonment for a term not more than six months or both.

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