KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 – Phase 4 of the Movement Control Order (MCO) starting today allows two people from the same household to go out together to buy medicine and other necessities.
Like MCO 3, people are allowed to buy food, medicine, dietary supplements, and daily necessities further than 10km from their residence if such goods are not available nearer; only this time, they can be accompanied by a “family member staying in the same house”, according to a new regulation on MCO 4 gazetted by Health Minister Dr Adham Baba.
The third phase of the lockdown during the Covid-19 epidemic allowed such accompaniment only if “reasonably necessary”.
The Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 takes effect from today until May 12, the end date of the fourth MCO.
Section (4)(1)(b) dictates that a person can be accompanied by another from the same household to seek health care or medical services — the same conditions in the earlier phase of the nationwide lockdown.
The radius for movement also stays as 10km, similar to that of the previous MCO phase. Section 4(1)(b) of the regulation stated that when seeking health care or medical services, one can only move within a radius of not more than 10km from their residence, “or to a place nearest to his residence if health care or medical services are not available at a place within a radius of not more than ten kilometres from his residence”.