Social activities barred during MCO to reduce Covid-19 transmission

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KUALA LUMPUR:  Social activities involving mass gatherings such as weddings, conferences, religious parades including Thaipusam, meetings, seminars, courses and group sports are not allowed during the movement control order (MCO) period.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said this was important to reduce the risk of infection and to break the Covid-19 chain.

“However, for Perlis and Sarawak, which are under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), social activities will be allowed, subject to strict standard operating procedure compliance,” he said in a special message broadcast live on local television stations.

Muhyiddin said interstate travel across the nation is also barred during the MCO, while for states under MCO, inter-district crossings will not be allowed as well.

The prime minister said roadblocks will be mounted from 12.01 am onwards on Wednesday (Jan 13). 

“For states under MCO, movement will be restricted to a 10-kilometre radius, while only two household members will be allowed in the same car while out shopping for essentials.

“Those who violate this ruling will be issued the RM1,000 maximum compound,” he said.

Muhyiddin also said the five sectors identified as essential economic sectors and allowed to operate are industrial and manufacturing, construction, services, trade and distribution, as well as plantations and commodities.

He said these sectors were allowed to operate as they provide a support network for the supply of basic necessities such as food, beverages, household items as well as personal care.

It also for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical devices and medicines for health workers and for international trade activities to ensure an uninterrupted supply chain and support for critical infrastructure and emergency work. – Bernama