KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 — Dine-ins and no-contact sports will be allowed in the Klang Valley during the conditional movement control order (CMCO) period, while cinemas and gyms will be closed, and conventions prohibited.
Yesterday, Senior Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that starting from tomorrow till October 27, a CMCO will be implemented in Selangor, Putrajaya, and Kuala Lumpur, the country’s main economic centres, despite only a few red districts recording more than 40 Covid-19 cases. His ministry first informed the press that restaurant dine-ins and jogging activities will not be allowed during this period of time.
Today, during a virtual press conference, Ismail Sabri said that dine-ins at eateries with a maximum of two people to a table will be allowed. He also said that all restaurants, convenient stores, kiosks, food trucks, food court, food stalls etc will be allowed to operate from 6am till 10pm.
However, the public is encouraged to drive-through, takeaway, or use food delivery services to purchase meals. Food delivery services will be allowed to operate from 6am till midnight during the CMCO period in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, and Putrajaya.
Besides that, non-contact outdoor sports, with a maximum of 10 people are allowed, but gyms, swimming pools, and sports with physical contact are not allowed. The public is also not allowed to engage in sports and recreational activities in closed areas.
However, entrepreneurs can continue economic activities that are not related to physical sports activities, such as selling goods or registering new memberships etc.
Individuals can engage in non-contact sports and recreational activities in an open area, restricted to 10 people at a time in the area, but physical distance among participants between three and five metres has to be maintained.
According to the Youth and Sports Ministry, cycling activities not exceeding 10 people are allowed in open areas, but only within the state. Jogging outdoors is also permitted.
Ismail Sabri said that all seminars, workshops, conventions will not be allowed, and social events like weddings, birthdays, reunions, and other social gatherings will also be prohibited.
The senior defence minister said that during the CMCO period, all leisure, recreational, and cultural activities will not be allowed.
“Entertainment activities including night clubs or pubs, recreational centres, theme parks, indoor playgrounds, and cinemas are not allowed,” Ismail Sabri said.
Those who have to travel across districts or the state for work in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya will be allowed, if they have a valid employee pass or a permission letter from their employers. No pass or permission letter will be required for those travelling within the district for work.
“The government encourages employers to allow their employees to work from home,” Ismail Sabri said.
According to him, those who are passing through Selangor and Kuala Lumpur to go to other states are advised to get permission from the nearby police station before travelling.
The Defence Ministry’s corporate communications unit told the press that movements within a particular district in the Klang Valley are restricted only for work, to buy necessities, emergency cases, medical needs, and essential services or industries. Hence, residents in a particular district, such as in Kuala Lumpur, are prohibited from visiting individuals in other districts, such as in Selangor, within the Klang Valley. Such personal visits are permitted within a district, but are not encouraged.
Ismail Sabri also said that airports will be allowed to operate as normal. However, those who will be travelling through Kuala Lumpur International Airports (KLIA 1 and KLIA 2) and Subang airport are also required to get permission from the police, but those in the Klang Valley who wish to travel out-of-state for holidays are not allowed.
All public transportation, such as bus, LRT, taxis, and e-hailing services, will be operating as usual, but e-hailing or taxi services are only allowed to operate with a maximum of two passengers at a time.
Petrol stations will be allowed to operate from 6am till 10pm, except petrol stations at highways which will be allowed to operate for 24 hours.
Schools, colleges, universities (both private and government), kindergartens, tahfiz centres, and child care centres will be closed. However, those who have exams with foreign educational institutions are allowed to be present, but only to take their exams and not for learning sessions.
All economic and industrial activities are allowed to function as usual during the CMCO period, with compliance to standard operating procedure (SOPs). Vehicles related to industries, businesses, and factories are allowed to operate normally, including crossing states and districts.
Operation hours for daily markets will be from 6am till 2pm, wholesale markets from 4am till 2pm, night markets from 4pm till 10pm, and farmer’s markets from 6am till 12pm.
Hospitals and clinics are allowed to operate for 24 hours, while pharmacies can operate from 8am till 11pm.
Update at 8.12pm: The article was updated in the 12th paragraph to include the Defence Ministry’s clarification that movements within a district in the Klang Valley are restricted to work, to buy necessities, emergency cases, medical needs, and essential services or industries.