On 1 May 2020, during a special address, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that there will be an ease of restrictions in which a number of activities will be allowed to resume beginning 4 May 2020 under a conditional MCO. This announcement has been gazetted under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (No.5) Regulations 2020 which is accessible here.
Following the announcement, the National Security Council (“NSC”) has also issued the relevant SOPs for permitted sectors as well as a list of activities that are prohibited. The list of SOPs could be found on the NSC’s website here.
The SOPs were prepared to ensure that health and safety aspects are taken into consideration including maintaining social distancing, frequent hand washing, wearing of face masks, and reporting all information on COVID-19 to the Ministry of Health. Failure to adhere to the SOPs could result in legal action being taken, revocation of operation permits and any related actions. The Government, through cooperation with the Ministry of Health, PDRM, and other enforcement agencies will continue to monitor and enforce in order to ensure that the SOPs are adhered to.
The key measures under the CMCO are as follows:
Some states however, have decided not to comply with the conditional MCO and they include Sarawak, Kedah, Sabah, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Kelantan, Penang and Perak. It is advisable to check with the relevant state governments on the activities that are permitted and prohibited during the conditional MCO period.
This alert is for general information only and is not a substitute for legal advice.