People were seen fleeing Kedah before the Administrative EMCO lockdown kicked in at midnight.
Check out the viral video that a motorist took, and find out why everyone was running for the exit!
Administrative EMCO Declared In Kedah
Kedah has been struck by multiple COVID-19 clusters in recent weeks – Telaga, Tawar, Meranti, Muda, Kurau, and of course, the notorious Sivagangga cluster that accounted for some 45 cases.
To stop the spread of COVID-19 cases in Kedah, the Malaysian government ordered an Administrative EMCO (Enhanced Movement Control Order) on 28 towns in the Kota Setar district in Kedah.
People Flee Kedah Before EMCO Lockdown Kicks In!
The Administrative EMCO for those 28 Kedah counties will kick off at 12:01 on 11 September 2020 and last until 25 September 2020.
Soon after the announcement, people started leaving Kedah, causing a massive jam at the Alor Setar tolls, because they would shut down at midnight.
These are the restrictions during the Administrative EMCO in Kedah :
- the Bukit Kayu Hitam international entry point will be shut down
- no interstate travel into, or out from, Kedah is allowed
- the Alor Setar Utama and Alor Setar Selatan tolls will be shut down
- ferry operations in Kuala Kedah will be halted
- religious centres will be closed
- universities, kindergartens and vocational training centres will be closed
- factories must request permission from the police before they are allowed to operate
- only stores providing essential services – groceries, petrol stations, clinics, hospitals – will be allowed to operate
- clinics and hospitals are allowed to open 24 hours a day
- food operators are only allowed to provide take-away – no dine-in allowed
- petrol stations, pharmacies and grocery shops are allowed to open from 8 AM until 8 PM
- sporting, social and recreational activities are not allowed
- night markets are not allowed to open
- daily markets are allowed to open from 6 AM until 2 PM
- only one member of the family is allowed to go out to buy supplies.
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