MKN will now allow dining in restaurants, reopen the retail and creative industries, as well as allow for sports training!
Find out what has changed, and what it means for the MCO SOP in Malaysia!
MKN Allows Dining, Retail, Creative Industry, Sports Training
On 9 February 2021, Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that the government has decided to further liberalise the MCO SOP, to protect the economy.
This comes a day after they forbade pub and nightclub restaurants from operating.
Here are the changes announced by Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob :
Dining In At Restaurants : Our Opinion
Dining in at restaurants and cafes poses special risk with COVID-19, because it involves :
- sitting indoors for an extended period of time,
- sharing the room with strangers
- not being able to wear face masks while eating or drinking
- talking while having a meal
A distance of 1 metre may not be sufficient to mitigate the risks of getting infected by a COVID-positive person in the same cafe / restaurant.
Arguably, letting a family of 10 dine at the same table in a private room is far less risky than letting a couple sit at the same table in a common room with other couples.
The risk comes not from how many people are sitting at the same table, but their relationship. Sharing the table with people you live with is ZERO RISK, but sharing the room with strangers – that’s the real risk.
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