Malaysia will start implementing the RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order) on 10 June 2020, liberalising even more of the economy and personal freedom.
Here is a quick primer on RMCO, and what is allowed and not allowed during the RMCO!
RMCO : Recovery Movement Control Order
At 3 PM on 7 June 2020, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Yassin announced that Malaysia will transition to the RMCO.
The RMCO, short for Recovery Movement Control Order (Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Pemulihan in Malay), is the third phase of the Movement Control Order.
Scheduled to last from 10 June 2020 until 31 August 2020, it will further liberalise the Malaysian economy, on top of what the CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order) introduced earlier.
Malaysia RMCO Liberalisation : What Is Allowed?
Here is a quick summary of what the Prime Minister announced will be allowed during the RMCO. We will update it when MKN releases the full list.
- Interstate travel will be permitted, except to areas under Enhanced MCO (EMCO) or administrative restrictions.
- Barbers and hair salons are allowed to reopen, subject to SOP.
- Beauty parlours and nail salons are allowed to reopen, subject to SOP.
- Museums are allowed to reopen.
- Busking (indoor) and filming activities will be allowed.
- Meetings and workshops will be allowed.
- Morning / evening / night markets are allowed.
- Hawker stalls are allowed.
- Recreational fishing and commercial fisheries will be allowed.
- Gyms and snooker halls will be allowed.
- Non-contact sports like bowling, badminton, archery and shooting will be allowed.
- Outdoor group sports like kayaking and cycling will be allowed.
- Indoor sports like snooker, yoga, aerobics will be allowed.
- Malaysia’s borders remain closed, but local tourism will be allowed.
- Religious activities, like Hari Raya Aidiladha celebrations, will be allowed, subject to JAKIM’s SOP
- Schools will be reopened in stages throughout the RMCO, based on advice from the Ministry of Education.
- Places of worship will be allowed to reopen, subject to SOP
- Normal business operating hours to resume, with social distancing, hand washing, face masks.
Malaysia RMCO Liberalisation : What Is NOT Allowed?
Here is a quick summary of what the Prime Minister announced will NOT be allowed during the RMCO. We will update it when MKN releases the full list.
- Commercial activities not conducted within business premises are NOT allowed.
- Sporting events in stadiums are NOT allowed.
- Public swimming pools are NOT allowed to reopen.
- Contact sports like football, basketball, rugby are NOT allowed.
- Pubs, night clubs, entertainment outlets, reflexology and karaoke centres are NOT allowed to reopen.
- Theme parks are NOT allowed to reopen.
- Kenduris, open houses, religious processions and other activities involving crowds are NOT allowed.
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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!
- Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation
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