MCO: Figure out what’s within 10km from your home with this site


No idea what’s actually within the allowed 10km radius around your home? This website can help by visualising locations on a map. — 2kmfromhome.com

A website aims to help people stick to government-mandated movement restrictions, by visualising on a map what’s within 10km of home.

The site 2kmfromhome.com lets users set a radius of between 1km to 400km, and will narrow down searches to only that area.

It determines the user’s location based on their browser’s geolocation capabilities, if given permission, or will roughly estimate the user’s location based on their IP address.

The site assures that it doesn’t store users’ location information.

Developer Dave Bolger, who is based in Wexford, Ireland, explains that the site got its name from how Ireland initially set a 2km distance from home restriction on how far people could travel for exercise.

“When the initial lockdown was introduced in Ireland, there were no websites or tools available to easily show the radius for an exercise limit. After the announcement in early evening, we quickly developed and launched a site a couple of hours later for family and friends to use,” he said, on the site.

However as more countries adopted movement restrictions, leading to more users adopting the site, the name stuck even though it could be used for much wider radiuses.

“We’ll look at changing the name when the pandemic subsides worldwide,” he added.

On Jan 11, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the movement control order (MCO) would impose restrictions on travel including no inter-district movement in affected areas.

He also said roadblocks will be conducted starting 12am on Jan 13 and for those in MCO areas, movement will be limited to a 10km radius only.

The public is allowed to travel for essential needs items like groceries, medicines and food, with only two per household allowed in a vehicle together. Rule violators could be fined with a maximum compound of RM1,000.

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