Here’s what the CMCO SOPs allow you to do—from 1 to 14 April 2021
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Update (30 March 2021):
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob says the CMCO in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Penang and Kelantan will be extended again to 14 April 2021. Sarawak will also have its CMCO extended, to 12 April 2021. Interstate travel is still not allowed.
However, from 1 April, private companies in CMCO states will be allowed to operate at 100 percent capacity. Previously, the work-from-home (WFH) directive only permitted 30 percent of a private company's workforce to be at the office.
Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan (except Seremban, currently under CMCO), Kedah, Perlis, Melaka, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, Sabah and Labuan will retain their RMCO status.
SOPs for Cheng Beng (Qing Ming)
Falling on 4 April, Cheng Beng is when the Chinese community hold prayers and clean the graves of their ancestors. This year, the tradition is allowed in CMCO areas with strict SOPs in effect from now till 18 April:
- Only six family members are allowed at each plot, at any one time
- Prayers are to be conducted between 5am and 6pm, for up to 90 minutes
- 50 percent capacity with physical distancing for CMCO areas, and according to the capacity of the columbarium for RMCO areas
- Prayers are to be conducted between 5am and 6pm, for up to 60 minutes, with sanitisation work lasting 30 minutes in between
Update (16 March 2021):
The CMCO in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Penang and Kelantan has been extended to 31 March 2021, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Interstate travel is not allowed, except between Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. Those entering Putrajaya for non-work purposes must obtain police permission to do so.
Sarawak will also remain under CMCO. Kedah, Perak and Negeri Sembilan, previously under the CMCO, have been moved to RMCO status. With this update, residents of the three states are now allowed to travel interstate for tourism purposes, using authorised tour buses and without stopping in CMCO states.
Update (2 March 2021):
In a press conference today, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Penang will be placed under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) from 5 March to 18 March 2021.
Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Sarawak and Perak will also remain under CMCO. Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan will now be under RMCO.
With this change from the stricter Movement Control Order (MCO) to CMCO, certain restrictions have been lifted.
Here are what the latest CMCO SOPs will allow you to do, beginning 5 March 2021:
- Travel inter-district; except if you’re in Sabah. However, inter-state travel is still prohibited. You can move freely between KL and Selangor, as both areas are considered part of a unified zone. So is Putrajaya, but you will require police permission to enter for non-work purposes.
- Basking is allowed in indoor venues such as cafes, food courts, restaurants and shopping malls. Not permitted: concerts with a live audience.
- You can visit zoos, farms, aquariums, edutainment centres, theme parks, and recreational parks (including extreme parks).
- Museums, libraries, and cultural centres are also reopening under the CMCO.
- Spas, wellness centres (including those offering massage and reflexology), and nail salons will finally reopen their doors.
- You can now get married (all religions) and attend social gatherings. The rule in CMCO areas is to limit the number of attendees to 50 percent of a venue’s maximum capacity.
- All meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) are allowed to proceed. Again, the SOP is to limit participation to just 50 percent of the venue’s capacity.
What do you think about the CMCO SOPs? Is it too soon, or is Malaysia taking the necesaary small steps towards recovery? As we await further updates on local vaccination efforts, stay safe and continue to practise social distancing.
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