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More Covid-19 restrictions to be eased as Malaysian states still under the movement control order (MCO) will return to the conditional movement control order (CMCO) starting March 5

Yesterday, Malaysia announced it'd be officially phasing out of the MCO that was in place since January 13 to reinstate the CMCO for four states in Malaysia—Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, and Penang—effective March 5 - 18. These states will join Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, and Sarawak as those under the CMCO.

The remaining states—Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya, Labuan, and Perlis—will be placed under the recovery movement control order (RMCO).

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Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced in a press conference that the decision was made because of the reduction in cluster, sporadic, and community cases, as well as improvement in Malaysia's infectivity rate. Ismail also added that a number of updated SOPs will be put in place for the states affected by the CMCO.

Inter-district travel allowed in all states in Malaysia except Sabah. Note that travelling between Kuala Lumpur and Selangor is allowed while travelling from Kuala Lumpur or Selangor to Putrajaya requires police approval or an employer’s authorisation letter.

While the 10km travel limit has been removed and passengers are now allowed as per the capacity of the vehicle, inter-state travel remains closed nationwide.

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Tourism and cultural sectors and businesses such as zoos, farms, aquariums, edutainment centres, recreational, theme parks, nature parks, museums, art galleries, cinemas, spas and wellness centres, manicure and pedicure centres, will be allowed to operate daily between 6am and midnight.

However, they're required to strictly adhere to the SOPs and operate only within 50 per cent of their original capacity.

Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC), Malaysia’s largest cinema operator, announced it would be reopening on March 5, much to the excitement of avid moviegoers.

Buskers can also finally dust off their gears and instruments as performing will also be allowed in cafes, food courts, and shopping malls.

Restrictions to the number of patrons per table for dine-in will be lifted but restaurants and F&B outlets are required to remain compliant with the SOPs and practise social distancing. Food delivery is allowed from 6am until midnight.

Other areas in the creative industry such as music, comedy shows, performing arts, cultural events, live streaming events in halls, auditoriums, convention centres, stadiums, and studios are allowed—but without a live audience.

For areas under the CMCO, crew members for events are allowed to operate at 70 per cent capacity while those in areas under the RMCO can operate at full capacity.

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Formal and informal social activities including weddings, engagements, anniversaries, birthday parties, banquets, religious ceremonies, family retreats and reunions, are allowed.

For areas under the CMCO, the guest limit is at 50 per cent of the venue capacity while those in areas under the RMCO can accommodate guests depending on the size of the premise, with strict adherence to social distancing in both situations.

Similarly, MICE-related activities and events such as workshops, training courses and exercises, meetings and trade exhibitions are allowed in both CMCO and RMCO localities at 50 per cent of capacity for CMCO areas and as many as the premise permits for RMCO areas so long as social distancing can be maintained.

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A number of individual and team sports, health and fitness recreational activities, training for matches and tournaments, and local competitions can operate but without a live audience.

Local and international tournaments and competitions are also subject to the Ministry of Youth and Sport’s approval.

Meanwhile, Malaysia rolled out its nationwide Covid-19 vaccination programme on February 26, with a target of at least 80 per cent of the country's adult population to be vaccinated by February 2022 to achieve herd immunity and reduce the spread the coronavirus.

As of Monday, March 3, there are currently 25,542 active cases, with 198 patients in intensive care and 90 people requiring ventilator support. 

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