Essential services expanded to 15

KUALA LUMPUR: The list of essential services has been expanded to 15 items from 10 under the third phase of the movement control order (MCO).

In the latest Federal Gazette, it stated that “any services, works or industry as determined by the minister after consultation with the authority regulating the services, works or industry” is allowed to operate under essential services.

Meanwhile, four items have been readded to the list:

> Transportation by land, water or air;

> Port, dock and airport services and undertakings, including stevedoring, lighterage, cargo handling, pilotage, and storing or bulking of commodities;

> Production, refining, storage, supply and distribution of fuel and lubricants; and

> Hotels and accommodation.

The four items were first listed under the initial 22 items of essential services during the first phase of the MCO (March 18-31).

However, the list shrank to only 10 items during the second phase (April 1-14) when the government announced a stricter MCO.

The new list was published on April 14 under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Declaration of Infected Local Areas) Order 2020, and took effect yesterday.

The gazette, signed by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, stated that the MCO was further extended until April 28.

The restriction on movement within a 10km radius for daily necessities such as food, medicine and dietary supplement still stands.

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