Only essential services may operate during MCO

Only essentials services are allowed to operate during the MCO period as listed in the SOP.

KUCHING: Only essential services are allowed to operate in Sibu, Kanowit and Selangau following the imposition of movement control order (MCO) in Sibu Division effective midnight Friday.

Under the latest MCO standard operating procedure (SOP), the police with the assistance of the army, Civil Defence Force and Rela are responsible to carry out movement control in the affected areas and all entry and exit routes into the restricted areas will be closed.

All residents in the MCO areas are also not allowed to leave their house or residence. Only two persons from each household are allowed to go out to get food, medicine, dietary supplements and daily necessities at premises near to their houses.

A maximum of three persons including the patient are allowed go out if needed to seek healthcare and medical services.

Movements in and out of the restricted areas are only allowed for emergency cases such as death and persons must obtain a police permit first.

The SOP also states that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are providing assistance and humanitarian aid during disasters must also obtain police permit and the assistance must be channeled to the Sibu Division Disaster Management Committee for distribution.

Among the essential services allowed to operate are:

  1. Aerospace including maintenance, repair and overhaul
  2. Automotive (repair and maintenance only)
  3. Food, beverages and their chains
  4. Packaging and printing
  5. Household products, self-care goods (Fast-moving consumer goods, such as soaps, cleansers) and detergents including their chains
  6. Health and medicine, including dietary supplements
  7. Personal protective equipment (PPE) and fire safety equipment
  8. Components for medical tools
  9. Electrical and electronics
  10. Oil and gas
  11. Petrochemicals and petrochemicals products
  12. Chemical products
  13. Machines and tools
  14. Ceramics (moulds for glove manufacturing)
  15. Iron and steel
  16. Textiles (involve in PPE production)
  17. Furniture sector
  18. Manufacturing, distillation, storage, supply, and distribution of fuel and lubricants
  19. Construction
  20. Financial services and their chain
  21. Local government and municipal services
  22. Telecommunications and digital infrastructure including ICT services and global business services
  23. E-commerce and its chain including e-marketplace, digital payments and local e-market Internet centres
  24. Hotel and accommodation
  25. Agriculture, aquaculture, livestock sector including veterinary services
  26. Utilities (water and electricity)
  27. Professional services (including accountants/ lawyers/ auditors/engineers/ architects), scientific (including research and development) and technical (including maintenance)
  28. Security services
  29. Security and defence
  30. Judicial and legal services
  31. Land, water and air transportation
  32. Services and operating of ports, shipyards, airports, including the moving of cargo, storage or bulk commodities
  33. Warehouse and logistics
  34. Services/sales/distribution of food and beverages
  35. Retail/distribution/wholesale/hardware store
  36. Agriculture, aquaculture and livestock and their chains
  37. Plantation and commodities and their chains
  38. Ship construction and repair sector
  39. Logging and timber sector

The SOP also states that only 30 percent attendance from the management level are allowed to be in the office, while the number of employees is determined by the respective employer to ensure physical distancing can be implemented in the workplace.