Economic activities can operate as usual, says Ismail Sabri


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 14 Oct 2020

PUTRAJAYA: Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya folk have been assured that activities in the economic, business and industrial sectors can operate during the conditional movement control order (MCO), which will be enforced starting today.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) said there was a difference between the conditional MCO in Sabah and the one enforced in the three areas.

“For Sabah, it is stricter because almost half of the state is in the red zone while for Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, this is a proactive move by the government to prevent further infections.

“We are seeing an upward trend in cases and we are concerned whether it would infect other districts or areas and that’s why we have the conditional MCO in place,” he said and listed the dos and don’ts for the affected residents over the next 14 days.

Restaurants, food stalls, food trucks, kiosks, food court, roadside hawkers, convenience and grocery stores are allowed to operate between 6am and 10pm.

While food outlets are encouraged to provide take-away, delivery and drive-thru services, dine-in will be allowed but limited to two persons per table.

Since there is no shutdown involving the public and private sector, transport services including express buses, LRT and stage buses are allowed to operate, taxis and e-hailing services are allowed a maximum of two passengers, and delivery services can start from 6am to midnight.

Petrol station services are available from 6am to 10pm and those operating along highways can provide 24-hour services.

Operating hours for wet markets are from 6am to 2pm, pasar tani from 6am to noon and pasar malam from 4pm to 10pm.

Private and public clinics and hospitals can provide 24-hour service while operating hours for pharmacies and drugstores are between 8am and 11pm.

Ismail Sabri said the economic and industrial sectors in the affected areas could proceed with strict SOP compliance while vehicles providing services to these sectors could ply their routes as usual, including inter-state and inter-district travel.

Fisheries, plantations and agriculture sectors and related activities, are also allowed to operate as usual, as with airports and ports.

While inter-state and inter-district movements involving areas under the conditional MCO are not allowed, those facing emergencies such as health and death can do so with police permission.

Workers are allowed to make inter-district or inter-state journeys to and from work, provided they have their employers permission letters and staff identification cards as proof should they be stopped at roadblocks.

Ismail Sabri said travellers from other states who need to cross Selangor and Kuala Lumpur to reach destinations not affected by the order were required to seek police approval before the journey.

Likewise, Ismail Sabri said those who need to make a journey via a flight at KLIA, KLIA2 and Subang airport were also required to seek permission from the police for land travel to the airport.

“Only two persons per household are allowed to leave the house to get food supply and other essential needs. Individuals who are in the high-risk category as well as children are encouraged not to be in public, open and crowded places during this period,” he said.

Ismail Sabri added that all recreational, leisure and cultural activities, pubs and nightclubs, theme parks, recreational centres, indoor playgrounds and movie theatres would not be allowed to operate.

For sporting activities, individual sports, e-sports, sports which do not involve physical contact and outdoor sports with not more than 10 participants would be allowed but pool activities, events and championships cannot be held during the period.

“Social events such as weddings, engagement parties, birthdays, reunions, as well as meetings, conferences, workshops, training and seminars will not be allowed,” he said.

Ismail Sabri said all educational institutions, schools, kindergarten, nurseries and daycare centres would also be closed.

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