Malaysia NATIONWIDE COVID-19 Restrictions : Full Details!

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Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin just announced NATIONWIDE restrictions to combat COVID-19, which has already entered Phase 3 – the Late Containment Phase!


Malaysia NATIONWIDE COVID-19 Restrictions!

At 10 PM on 16 March 2020, Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced nationwide restrictions across Malaysia to combat COVID-19.

The nationwide restrictions on travel, work and business will last from 18 March until 31 March, 2020.

Malaysia NATIONWIDE Lockdown To Combat COVID-19!

During this time, all government and private offices and businesses, except those providing essential services, will be shuttered.

Although there are no restrictions on travel within Malaysia, you will have nowhere to go, as all shops will be closed, except supermarkets, grocery shops and convenience stores selling essential items.

Schools, colleges, universities, cinemas, cafes, restaurants, and so on, will also be closed.

But here’s an update : restaurants will REMAIN OPEN to provide home delivery services. You won’t be able to dine in, but you can have them delivered to you.

We highly recommend that everyone just stay in your homes, and ride out the COVID-19 pandemic. Think of it as a 2-week government-mandated holiday! ūüėÄ

Chin up, Malaysians because Malaysia Boleh!

COVID-19 Malaysia Lockdown summary


Malaysia COVID-19 Restrictions (English)

Pending an official English press release, here is our English translation of the relevant section on the restrictions in Malaysia :

The Government has decided to implement the Restricted Movement Order, starting 18 March 2020, which is the day after until 31 March 2020, across the country. The restriction is made under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967. This Restrict Movement Order includes;

First, a complete prohibition of movement and public gatherings across the country including religious, sports, social and cultural activity. To enforce this prohibition, all houses of worship and business premises must be closed, except supermarkets, public markets, groceries and convenience stores selling everyday necessities. Specifically for Muslims, the adjournment of all religious activities in mosques and surau including Friday prayers is in line with the decision of the Special Discussion Committee meeting on 15 March 2020.

Second, a complete restriction on all overseas travel by Malaysians. For those who have just returned from abroad, they are required to undergo a health check and self quarantine for 14 days;

Third, a restriction on entry of all tourists and foreign visitors into the country;

Fourth, closure of all kindergartens, government and private schools including daily schools, boarding schools, international schools, tahfiz centers and other primary, secondary and pre-university institutions;

Fifth, the closure of all public and private higher education institutions (HEIs) including vocational training institutes nationwide; and

Sixth, the closure of all government and private premises except those involved in essential services which are water, electricity, energy, telecommunications, postal, transportation, irrigation, oil, gas, fuel, lubricants, broadcasting, finance, banking, health, pharmacy, fire, prison, harbor, airport, security, defense, cleaning, grocery and food supply.


Malaysia COVID-19 Restrictions (BM)

And here is the relevant section of the Prime Minister’s speech announcing the details in Bahasa Malaysia :

Kerajaan memutuskan untuk melaksanakan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan, mulai 18 Mac 2020, iaitu lusa hingga 31 Mac 2020, di seluruh negara. Perintah kawalan ini dibuat di bawah Akta Pencegahan dan Pengawalan Penyakit Berjangkit 1988 dan Akta Polis 1967. Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan ini meliputi;

Pertama, larangan menyeluruh pergerakan dan perhimpunan ramai di seluruh negara termasuk aktiviti keagamaan, sukan, sosial dan budaya. Untuk menguatkuasakan larangan ini, semua rumah ibadat dan premis perniagaan 2

hendaklah ditutup, kecuali pasaraya, pasar awam, kedai runcit dan kedai serbaneka yang menjual barangan keperluan harian. Khusus untuk umat Islam, penangguhan semua aktiviti keagamaan di masjid dan surau termasuk Solat Jumaat adalah selaras dengan keputusan Mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Muzakarah Khas yang telah bersidang pada 15 Mac 2020.

Kedua, sekatan menyeluruh semua perjalanan rakyat Malaysia ke luar negara. Bagi yang baru pulang dari luar negara, mereka dikehendaki menjalani pemeriksaan kesihatan dan melakukan kuarantin secara sukarela (atau self quarantine) selama 14 hari;

Ketiga, sekatan kemasukan semua pelancong dan pelawat asing ke dalam negara;

Keempat, penutupan semua taska, sekolah kerajaan dan swasta termasuk sekolah harian, sekolah berasrama penuh, sekolah antarabangsa, pusat tahfiz dan lain-lain institusi pendidikan rendah, menengah dan pra-universiti;

Kelima, penutupan semua institusi pendidikan tinggi (IPT) awam dan swasta serta institut latihan kemahiran di seluruh negara; dan

Keenam, penutupan semua premis kerajaan dan swasta kecuali yang terlibat dengan perkhidmatan penting negara (atau essential services) iaitu air, elektrik, tenaga, telekomunikasi, pos, pengangkutan, pengairan, minyak, gas, bahan api, pelincir, penyiaran, kewangan, perbankan, kesihatan, farmasi, bomba, penjara, pelabuhan, lapangan terbang, keselamatan, pertahanan, pembersihan, peruncitan dan bekalan makanan.


COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :

  • Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
  • Avoid public events and crowds
  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our home, office, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
  • Thoroughly cook your food, and boil water before drinking

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