Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the limitations on businesses and activities will be eased from June 10 onwards under the recovery movement control order (MCO), after almost three months of restricted movement to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. The recovery MCO period is between June 10 until Aug 31.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 things that you’ll be able to do from June 10.
Travel out of your state
People in Malaysia can now travel between states, be it for any reason, even tourism. Tourist attractions will reopen within the country but people are encouraged to take precautions against Covid-19. However, travel overseas is still not allowed as the border is closed.
The Prime Minister said that a ban will only be imposed if an area is declared as an enhanced MCO area due to a spike in Covid-19 cases. “People can return home to visit their parents but take precautions, as the elderly are more vulnerable to Covid-19,” he said.
Get a professional haircut
Gone are the days of having your hair cut by the nearest scissor-happy family member. Barbers and salons will finally be able to reopen from June 10th.
Visit a pasar malam
As the masses rejoice in the resuming of Malaysia’s favourite pastime, the pasar malam, traders can now breathe easy as the restrictions have relaxed.
Open-air markets, morning markets, night markets, farmers’ markets, bazaars, food courts, hawker stalls, food trucks and stalls will also be allowed to operate.
Attend a workshop
Under the recovery MCO, meetings and workshops will be permitted, according to the Prime Minister. However, those involved must comply with health protocols and ensure there is optimum space among participants.
Visit a museum
Museum visits will be allowed as these premises will reopen. This will be done with social distancing practices and Covid-19 precautions.
Anglers can resume recreational fishing activities without fear. This includes fishing at commercial ponds.
In April, two men who were caught fishing during the movement control order (MCO) in Sungai Siput were sentenced to three months of community service.
Hit the bowling lanes
In this recovery phase, group sports will be allowed to resume as long as the nature of the sport does not involve body contact. Among the examples are bowling, badminton, archery, shooting, and other similar sports.
Head out for a ride
Group activities such as bicycle and motorcycle convoys will also be allowed. Thanks to the lifting of the interstate travel restrictions, bikers and cyclists can now head out for a ride.
More people will be allowed in places of worship. Previously, a hard cap is imposed on congregational prayers regardless of the size of the venue. Prior to yesterday’s announcement, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, indicated that future rules on capacity will go by the size of the place of worship.
The film industry will be allowed to resume operations, particularly to shoot films. The Prime Minister, however, did not say if cinemas will be allowed to operate.
Here’s what you can’t do
Entertainment joints such as pubs, night clubs, entertainment centres, reflexology centres, karaoke centres and theme parks will not be allowed to open.
Large gatherings, apart from at places of worship, are still not allowed.
Religious processions, feasts (kenduri) and open houses where there would be so many people that social distancing is not possible, won’t be allowed.
Contact sports will not be allowed. These include rugby, wrestling, boxing, football, basketball, and hockey. Also, sports that involve gathering of supporters and spectators in stadiums and swimming pools are still not allowed.
“Now is the time for the government to give more easing on condition people take their responsibility seriously to practice the new normal and comply with the SOP set by the government,” said Muhyiddin.
What will you do come June 10th?
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