Covid-19: Negri MB spells out SOPs for Nilai's conditional MCO

SEREMBAN: Government and private sector events will not be allowed to be held in Nilai, which has been placed under a conditional movement control order (MCO) until Nov 10, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.

He also said all social events such as kenduri, weddings or engagements, religious events such as aqiqah and tahlil as well as anniversaries and birthdays are also not allowed.

"Reunions and other socials events are also prohibited till Nov 10," he told reporters at Wisma Negri Tuesday (Oct 27).

On Monday (Oct 26), Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Nilai will be placed under a conditional MCO from Oct 28 due to a spike in Covid 19 cases, particularly among foreign workers, there.

Some 155 new Covid-19 cases were reported in the state on Monday and the bulk of the new cases were from the Kaya cluster, which among others, involves foreign workers living in hostels in Putra Point in Nilai.

In total, 406 people are receiving treatment for Covid-19 at health facilities in the state.

Aminuddin said some 14,000 households from 35 residential areas will be affected by the conditional MCO.

"Pasar malam will not be allowed to open while wet markets will only be allowed to operate from 6am to 2pm," he said, adding that all pasar tani must close by noon.

Educational institutes including institutions of higher learning, schools, pre-schools, tahfiz centres and pondok schools will also be closed.

These include Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, the Nilai International School, Nilai University, Manipal University and Inti International University.

Restaurants, convenience stores, food stalls, provision shops and other business activities are only to be carried out between 6am and 8pm.

"Dine-ins will be allowed but this will be limited to four people to one table. Patrons must also practise the 1m physical distancing procedure," he said, adding that petrol stations can only operate from 6am till 10pm.

Pharmacies will, however, be allowed to open from 8am till 11pm.

Aminuddin said only the imam, bilal and siak can perform prayers at mosques and surau in the area till then.

"As for Friday prayers, only 40 worshippers will be allowed," he said.

Aminuddin said security personnel will be on 24-hour duty at Jalan BBN 1/7A, Jalan BBN 1/7B and Jalan BBN 1/7E in Putra Point in Nilai, which has been placed under an enhanced MCO.

"Workers living in the hostels in the three blocks and who had been in close contact with those in the Kaya cluster will not be allowed to leave the premises," he said, adding that no economic, social, recreational or cultural activities will be allowed in the area till Nov 10.

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