Khairy: Use of face masks indoors now optional

KUALA LUMPUR: The use of face masks is no longer mandatory indoors, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Health Minister on Wednesday (Sept 7) announced that effective immediately, the use of face masks would only be compulsory when using public transportation on buses, trains, planes taxis, e-hailing vehicles as well as at hospitals and medical institutions.

This also applies to those who are symptomatic and Covid-19 positive.

However, Khairy said property owners are allowed to impose face mask rulings on visitors to their premises.

While usage indoors is optional, Khairy said the ministry still highly encourages face masks to be worn in crowded areas such as night markets, stadiums, shopping malls and places of worship.

"High-risk individuals such as the elderly, pregnant women, as well as those with chronic diseases or with low immunity are also highly encouraged to wear face masks.

"Individuals doing activities with high-risk groups like the elderly and children are also advised to put on face masks," said Khairy.

He said the ministry made the decision to do away with mask mandates after taking into consideration the improving Covid-19 situation in the country.

Malaysia made it mandatory for the public to wear face masks on Aug 1, 2020.

On May 1 this year, the country removed the requirement for face mask use outdoors.

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