Rules relaxed for those fully vaccinated in states under Phase 1 of NRP

PUTRAJAYA: Those fully vaccinated in states under Phase One of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) will now be allowed to dine in at eateries, go camping, exercise outdoors and go to pasar malam starting today.

Caretaker Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the easing of restrictions were among those agreed on at the National Security Council (NSC) meeting yesterday.

For dine-in activities, Muhyiddin urged eatery operators to provide more dining space outside the premises for better ventilation and to also ensure customers show their Covid-19 digital vaccination certificate to prove they have completed their course of immunisation.

Fully vaccinated parents who wish to take their children who are below 17 years of age to dine in at eateries are also allowed to do so provided they follow the standard operating procedures (SOP), he said.

“Sports, recreation and leisure activities without physical contact and non-group activities (outdoors) are also permitted in the same district for states under Phase One of the NRP and beyond.

“From 6am to 10pm, these activities are allowed as long as they are done outdoors in open and semi-open spaces and physical distancing is adhered to.

“Permitted activities are jogging, exercise, taichi, cycling, skateboarding, fishing, equestrian, archery, climbing, tennis (singles), badminton (singles), golf, motoring and the like.

“Permitted activities also include picnics and camping. Participation of children aged 17 and under is allowed with strict adherence to SOP,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He added that dine-in activities at restaurants or cafes on clubhouse premises are also permitted, following the same guidelines as other dining establishments.

However, the operation of changing rooms or showers on clubhouse premises are still not permitted.

Muhyiddin said night market and weekend market operations are also permitted and the premises owners are urged to ensure that customers show their digital certificate of Covid-19 vaccination.

“All the facilities that I announced will come into effect on Friday, 20 August 2021.

“Further details will be released by the NSC soon,” he said.

Muhyiddin explained the new relaxations were added after the NSC took into account that over 50% of the Malaysian adult population has now been fully vaccinated, two weeks earlier than the previous target of Aug 31.

“Apart from that, the meeting also took note of the initial positive developments from the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme in Labuan, Sarawak, Negri Sembilan, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

“Data collected by the Health Ministry also showed that so far, all the areas mentioned have started to show a decrease in the number of cases in Categories 3 to 5 when complete vaccination for the adult population of 18 years and above exceeded 40%,” he said.

Concurrently, data from the Crisis Preparedness Response Center (CPRC) showed that the situation in the Emergency Department in Klang Valley hospitals has also improved.

Muhyiddin said the average number of patients waiting in the Emergency Department to be placed in wards for public hospitals in Klang Valley states have decreased, in line with the complete vaccination rate for the adult population in the Klang Valley which has reached 73.8%.

“As immunisation coverage increases, we will see Covid-19 cases that need to be admitted to the intensive care units (ICU) begin to show a horizontal trend and expected to decline.

“In this regard, the NSC agreed to provide additional facilities for social and economic sectors to individuals who have received complete vaccination in states that are under Phase One of the NRP,” he said.

Muhyiddin, however, emphasised that every ministry and agency overseeing the facilities as well as the premises owners must be fully responsible for the implementation of the facilities provided to ensure that it is done in accordance with the rules and guidelines that have been set.

“If there is an infection at the premises, the Health Ministry will immediately take the appropriate measures including conducting a risk reassessment.

“The possibility of immediately closing the premises or areas involved are also not ruled out, and neither is the issuance of compounds to parties found to be violating the SOP,” he said.

Muhyiddin said the onus is on citizens who have received complete vaccinations to make rational and prudent self-risk assessment in the face of the Covid-19 virus threat, adding that keeping safe is a collective responsibility.

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