Malaysia: Some economic activities allowed with shorter operating hours during MCO

  • SOME economic activities are allowed to operate during the movement-control order, which will start tomorrow, with operating hours of between 6am to 8pm, and exceptions for certain activities.
  • Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this included restaurant, eateries, street hawkers, as well as food courts, but with no dine-in, and options only for delivery, takeaway, and drive-through.
  • Besides that, he said, kiosks, grocery stores, convenience stores and shops selling daily necessities, laundries (except self-service laundry) were allowed to operate with the same time restrictions.
  • “Daily markets and farmers’ markets can operate from 7am to 2pm, with wholesale markets from 12.01am to 6am and 11am to 4pm,” he said in his daily press conference.
  • The recently announced MCO, which takes effect from 13 – 26 Jan 21, involves Penang, Selangor, the Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan), Malacca, Johor and Sabah.
  • 6 other states – Pahang, Perak, Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan were placed under the conditional MCO (CMCO) with Perlis and Sarawak under the recovery MCO (RMCO), for the same period.
  • Commenting further, Ismail Sabri said petrol stations were allowed to operate from 6am to 10pm, except those located along the highway, which were allowed to operate for 24 hours.
  • Hospitals and clinics, he said, are allowed to operate round the clock, while pharmacies could only open from 6am to 8pm.
  • Meanwhile, he said those MCO areas could only travel within a radius of 10km, with only two people allowed in car, except for those who required medical attention, where a maximum of three people could be present in a car, besides being allowed to travel beyond the 10km radius.

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