People Flee Kedah Before EMCO Lockdown Kicks In!

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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.

Administrative EMCO Declared In Kedah + Tawau Prison!


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

People Flee Kedah Before EMCO Lockdown Kicks In!

  • 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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