Covid-19: Kota Setar to be placed under enhanced MCO from midnight Friday (Sept 11)

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

PUTRAJAYA: The district of Kota Setar will be placed under an enhanced movement control order (MCO) from midnight Friday (Sept 11) until Sept 23 following an increase in Covid-19 cases, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The Defence Minister said the enhanced MCO will involve 366,787 residents who will not be allowed to leave the area and people from outside will not be allowed to enter.

“We will also not allow residents living in the affected area to go out for work. We hope that employers will take note that this is a government order and that their employees residing in Kota Setar should not be penalised for not turning up for work.

“Educational institutions, recreational, social and sporting activities as well as religious activities in mosques and places of worship cannot be held during the enhanced MCO, ” he said on Thursday (Sept 10).

Ismail Sabri said that the Malaysia-Thailand border at Bukit Kayu Hitam will not see any cross-border activities throughout the 14-day lockdown.

Aside from clinics and hospitals, which can operate around the clock, other business activities such as restaurants, roadside stalls, sundry shops and petrol stations are allowed to operate from 8am till 8pm.

“Only one person per family will be allowed to leave the house and run errands and get essential items for the family, ” said the minister.

He also announced that an enhanced MCO will be imposed in Tawau prison from Sept 11 till Sept 23, affecting inmates, prison officers as well as their families.

During this period, visitation will not be allowed.

“There is no need for the people of Tawau to be concerned about Covid-19 cases in the district as the cases are only confined to the prison and the chances of it spreading to the community are limited, ” said Ismail Sabri.

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