With the unfortunate resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Peninsular Malaysia, the government has decided to reimplement the Conditional Control Movement Order (CMCO) in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor for two weeks starting from 12.01am on 14 October, and will end on 27 October 2020. This comes after the Selangor district of Klang was given a similar order on 9 October. Some of the positive clusters were traced back to Sabah, which saw spikes of cases earlier this month. Sabah has also been placed under CMCO from 13 to 26 October.
In the afternoon of 12 October, Senior Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob went live with the announcement, which you can view below.
Essentially, SOPs to be adhered to by those in the areas covered by the CMCO are as follow (UPDATED 13 October 2020):
PDRM (Police) is responsible for exercising control over areas with confirmed infections with the help of ATM (Army), APMM (Coast Guard), APM (Civil Defence) and RELA (Volunteer Corps).
Only two people are allowed to leave a house for the purpose of obtaining food supplies and other necessities. High-risk individuals and children are not encouraged to go out into public, open and crowded areas.
Movement across districts and states involving CMCO areas is not allowed, with the following exceptions:
- Travel due to emergency cases such as illnesses and funeral arrangements outside the district is allowed, but an application must be submitted to PDRM.
- Employees are allowed to cross districts and states provided they have a valid employee pass or letter of permission from the employer. For employees from the same district, they do not need to submit an employer letter or employee pass. The government encourages employers to allow their employees to work from home.
- Those who need to go across the states of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur to other states are advised to get permission from the nearest police station before travelling.
- Air travel passengers moving through KLIA, KLIA2 and Subang Airport also need to get permission from PDRM.
Economic Activities In CMCO Areas
- All business, economic and industrial activities can operate.
- Restaurants, shops, food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, mobile hawkers, food courts, hawker centres, roadside stalls, kiosks, grocery stores and convenience stores are allowed to operate between 6am to 10pm.
- Food purchases are encouraged by drive through, delivery, or take-away only. However, eating at the food premises (dine-in) is allowed but it is limited to two people per table, with SOP compliance.
- Food delivery services are allowed to operate from 6am to 12am.
- Daily markets can operate between 6am to 2pm.
- Wholesale markets can operate between 4am to 2pm.
- Farmers’ markets can operate between 6am to 12pm.
- Night markets can operate between 4pm to 10pm.
- However, the operation of farmers’ markets and night markets must comply with strict SOPs and with the supervision of RELA members.
- Petrol station can operate between 6am to 10pm (with the exception of petrol stations along highways, which can operate on a 24/7 basis).
- Public transport services such as city buses, express buses, LRT, taxis, e-hailing rides and such are allowed to operate.
- For taxi or e-hailing rides, a maximum of only two passengers are allowed.
- Vehicles ferrying employees can carry passengers as per usual.
Medicine And Health
- Government and private clinics and hospitals are allowed to operate on a 24/7 basis.
- Pharmacies and drugstores can operate from 8am to 11pm.
Economic And Industrial Sectors
- Economic and industrial sector activities in CMCO areas can be carried out as stipulated, with SOP compliance.
- All vehicles related to industry, business, manufacturing are allowed to operate normally, including across districts and states.
Fisheries, Plantation and Agriculture
- Fisheries, plantation, agriculture, livestock and other sectors related to the food chain are allowed to operate.
Ports And Airports
- Activities and services at all airports and ports are allowed to operate.
- It has been proposed that mosques are allowed to perform azan and solat lima waktu with the presence of six pilgrims determined by the mosque committee including the Imam.
- For non-Muslim houses of worship, it is proposed that only six people among the management and staff are allowed to be stationed at the premises.
- However, the above proposals will be passed to the relevant religious authorities to be presented to His Majesty the Yang Dipertuan Agong and His Majesty the Sultan of Selangor for approval.
- Further updates will be announced in the near future.
Leisure, Recreation And Cultural Activities
- All leisure, recreational and cultural activities are not allowed. Places of entertainment including nightclubs or pubs, recreation centres, theme parks, indoor playgrounds and cinemas are not allowed to operate as well.
- Individual sports activities, e-sports, non-contact sports and outdoor sports not exceeding 10 people are allowed.
- Swimming pool activities, physical contact, close contact sports and the organising of sports or tournaments are not allowed.
- Sports events and competitions in the presence of spectators, and sports events and competitions involving participants from abroad are not allowed.
- Centralised training programmes being implemented by Majlis Sukan Negara and Majlis Sukan Negeri-Negeri can be continued by using the Quarantine Based Approach, as implemented at Kompleks Majlis Sukan Negara Bukit Jalil, Akademi Badminton Malaysia Bukit Kiara and Pusat Kecemerlangan Sukan Paralimpik Kg Pandan.
- Public and private institutes of higher learning, training institutes, schools, kindergartens, nurseries, tahfiz centres and childcare centres are to be closed during this period.
- However, students of schools and institutes of higher learning who are sitting for examinations by overseas education institutions are allowed to attend those exams only, and not for learning sessions.
Seminars, Workshops And Conferences
- Seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, talks and activities related to meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) are not allowed. Ongoing training sessions can be implemented only in the training area.
- Meetings should be held via video conferencing, while face-to-face meetings are not recommended.
- Official or informal ceremonies by government or private entities, social events such as feasts, weddings, engagements, aqiqah ceremonies, prayers, tahlil, anniversary celebrations, birthday celebrations, reunions and other forms of social gatherings are not allowed.
- All tourism activities by those going into or out of the CMCO area are not allowed.
The information above is sourced from Majlis Keselamatan Negara (National Security Council). For updates on these SOPs, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and Instagram, or head over to their website.
Why bring the CMCO back?
Check out the video below in which Health Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah explains the reasoning behind the reimplementation of the CMCO in the Klang Valley.
Please follow the SOPs stated to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Stay home unless it’s necessary to go out, and if you do venture outside, remember to mask up, clean your hands regularly with sanitiser or soap, go through contact screening procedures and maintain physical distancing with others.
Try to use delivery platforms if you have to get takeout food or do some shopping. If you get bored of staying indoors, you could check out the latest mobile games on your app store, go through your reading list and pick out a book, test your baking or cooking skills, or tone up with some indoor exercises!