It was announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in a special broadcast on 16th March 2020 at 10pm that Malaysia is under a movement control, this is to lessen the number of increasing cases of Covid-19. This movement was made under the Prevention Act and Infectious Disease Control 1988 and Police Act 1967.
The numbers increased rapidly in the span of 2 days over the weekend ( 14 – 15 March 2020 ), as of now ( 17th March 2020) the total number of infected patients are at 553. The government’s decision to place the country under nationwide movement control will strengthen the Health Ministry efforts in the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak, say Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
That being said, here are the 6 restrictions that are implemented and is to be followed by all.
- Restriction of Gathering & Mass Assembly – The general prohibition of movement and mass assembly throughout countries including religious, sports, social and cultural activities. To enforce this prohibition, all houses of worship and business premises should be closed, except for supermarkets, public markets, grocery stores and stores department stores selling everyday necessities. Especially for Muslims, postponement of all religious activities in mosques and mosques including Friday prayers.
- Self Quarantine – Specially towards Malaysians traveling abroad. For those who have just returned from overseas, they are required to undergo health checks and voluntary quarantine (or self quarantine) for 14 days.
- Restriction of Foreigners Entry to Malaysia – restrict the entry of all foreign tourists and visitors into the
- Closure of Education Hubs – Closure of all kindergartens, government and private schools including
daily schools, boarding schools, international schools, tahfiz centers and other primary, secondary and pre-university educational institutions.
- Closure of Special Training Hubs – Closure of all public and private institutions of higher learning (IPT)
and skills training institutes nationwide.
- Closure of Non- Essential Private & Government Companies & Offices – the closure of all government and private premises EXCEPT those involved with the country’s essential services such as: water, electricity, power, telecommunications, postal, transportation, irrigation, oil, gas, fuel, lubricants, broadcasting, finance, banking, health, pharmacy, fire, prison, port, airport, security, defense,cleaning, retail and food supply.
For those who are still questioning about the Movement Control order, here are the explanations.
1. All companies Private and Government to CLOSE unless you are part of the essential service.
2. Effective 18th March, you are still able to leave your house as it is NOT a full lockdown. U can go out to work at all the Essential Service offices and companies, if you do not work there, you may use the services provided.
3. Restaurants are NOT to serve customers but can be opened for DELIVERY SERVICES.
But if your restaurant DO NOT have delivery services, You are NOT ALLOWED to operate.
Restaurants ARE NOT ALLOWED TO serve dine in customers.
4. You CAN still drop by your office, but you are not suppose to work with colleagues as the purpose of this Partial Lockdown is to ensure there are no further spreading of the Covid-19 Virus.
5. You are NOT ALLOWED to travel out of your state or on the highways from 18th March to stop the spread of the Virus.
6. You CAN still go out jogging/ hiking/ exercise but you MUST AVOID close contact with others.
7. Supermarkets, supermarts, and hypermarkets will STILL be OPEN. People who are working at these places are allowed to go to work. And civilians are allowed to go as customers. Again, try avoiding crowded places and wear a mask.
8. Since this is NOT a full lockdown, you do not need to worry about essential staff travelling to work. They can still travel as long as not out of the current state that they are residing in.
9. No weddings and gatherings only small scaled funerals are allowed. NO RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES, including Friday Prayers. All religious activities are totally banned.
10. Transportation of goods is still allowed.
11. If you are part of condominium management, you are supposed to be closed, however if it affects the water and electricity then you are considered essential staff.
12. All educational hubs are restricted and ordered to close. All exams postponed, students are NOT ALLOWED to go out and all the centres to close till 31st March.
During these crucial times, the government urge everyone to be responsible of the health and hygiene of themselves and others, stay at home to stop the potential spreading of the virus, do not panic and stop panic buying as the essential shops will be opened during the movement control, our Prime Minister also promised to speak to the Ministry of International Trade and Industry to make sure all essential items are replenished on all the shelves of supermarkets, supermarts, hypermarkets, pharmacies and more. There will be enough supplies for everyone, therefore there is no need for panic buying at all.
Remember, it is now everybody’s responsibility to help reduce the spread of the virus amongst Malaysians, let’s stay united and not let this virus control us, keep yourself clean and make sure to sanitize your hands, wash your hands and be mindful of others around you.
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