Mask Off! Wearing face masks indoors is now optional.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced at a press conference yesterday (7th September) that the usage of face masks in enclosed settings is now optional in light of the current Covid-19 situation in Malaysia.
According to Khairy, the removal is effective immediately as of 7th September 2022.
However, he said mask wearing will only be compulsory on public transportation like buses, trains, air flights, taxis, and e-hailing vehicles, as well as at hospitals, nursing homes, and medical institutions. Besides, individuals who are symptomatic are also required to put on masks.
Furthermore, premise owners who wish to enforce mask mandates are permitted to do so if they feel indoor masking is still necessary.
Despite the lifting of the restriction, it is still recommended that everyone wear a mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“This decision could be risky too as coronavirus is still actively spreading. Since the decision has already been made, it is solely up to the individual to exercise extra caution and do so at their own risk” expressed Abia Iris, an employee from a private firm.