Four red zones under CMCO from tomorrow

PUTRAJAYA: Four red zones – Klang in Selangor as well as Sandakan, Papar and Tuaran in Sabah – will be off limits from tomorrow as a conditional movement control order (MCO) comes into force to contain Covid-19 cases.

During this period, movements into or out of the areas – with the exception of essential services – will not be allowed.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said over the 14 days of the conditional MCO, health authorities would carry out targeted screenings in the four areas.

Red zones are areas or districts with at least 41 active Covid-19 cases.Residents who are working will not be allowed to leave the areas for work, said Ismail Sabri, adding that employers must adhere to this order and allow their employees to take leave or work from home.

“Only essential services, including factories and supply chain services, will be allowed.

“The police, armed forces and other enforcement authorities will monitor the areas under the conditional MCO. We urge the public to stay calm and cooperate,” he said.

The International Trade and Industry Ministry will list the type of essential services allowed in the affected areas.

Under the standard operating procedure, only two people will be allowed out of the house to get food and other essentials.

Non-essential businesses are not allowed to operate while restaurants, food outlets, grocery stores, supermarkets and convenience stores can open from 6am to 6pm.

Fuel stations and pharmacies can operate from 6am to 6pm, while wet markets are to operate from 6am to 2pm.

Government and private hospitals can operate 24 hours, while e-hailing services are allowed from 6am to 8pm only with no more than two passengers per vehicle.

Express and stage bus services will not be allowed, as with gatherings at all places of worship and schools, institutions of higher learning, kindergartens, as well as daycare centres.

On another matter, Ismail Sabri said police can now issue compounds on the spot against those caught violating the SOP.

He said the Attorney-General had allowed police to do so, provided that the compound is issued by an officer holding the rank of Inspector or higher.

“Before this, violators had to be taken to the police station to be issued the compound. Now, the police can just issue it at the place where the offence is committed such as roadblocks,” he said.

The minister added that prison authorities had also been asked to come up with new SOP to curb the spread of Covid-19 among inmates.

On Tuesday, 401 of the 691 positive cases were recorded in prisons in Kedah and Perak, and this explosion of cases in a short period had alarmed the public, he said.
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