SOPs for Raya 2021: Nationwide MCO in Malaysia from 12 May to 7 June 2021

SOPs for Raya 2021: Nationwide MCO in Malaysia from 12 May to 7 June 2021

Déjà vu

Text: Adelina Tan

With a return of the MCO in KL and Selangor, find out what you can do under the latest SOPs—including for Raya this year in MCO, CMCO and RMCO areas.

Updated: 10 May 2021

A nationwide MCO has been announced by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. It will start in states and areas currently not under the MCO on 12 May and last until 7 June. All current MCO areas will also be affected by the extension.

The Prime Minister also said SOPs will be tightened in an attempt to curb local transmissions. Interstate and inter-district travel bans are effective immediately in all states.

Nationwide MCO SOPs:

  • Inter-district and interstate travel is not allowed except for emergencies, health, work, vaccination appointments and long-distance couples.
  • Only three people (including the driver) are allowed per vehicle whether private, taxis or e-hailing.
  • All social gatherings (including feasts, wedding and engagement celebrations, dinners, birthday celebrations, and official events including seminars and face-to-face meetings) for both the government and private sector are prohibited.
  • The solemnisation of marriage vows is allowed based on SOPs set by religious authorities or the National Registration Department.
  • All schools and educational institutions must close, with exceptions made only for students taking international examinations.
  • Nurseries and kindergartens can remain open subject to SOPs.
  • Dine-in is not allowed. However, food and beverage outlets, including food trucks and food stalls, are allowed to open from 6am to 12am for takeaway and deliveries.
  • Individual sports and recreational activities are allowed outdoors with social distancing. Contact sports and indoor recreational activities are not allowed.
  • Supermarkets, mini markets, convenience stores and pharmacies are allowed to open from 6am to 10pm.
  • Hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories will operate as usual.
  • Petrol stations can stay open from 6am to 10pm, while those along highways are allowed to operate 24 hours a day.
  • No more than 30 per cent of management staff can be present in the office at any given time.

SOPs for Raya:

  • Hari Raya visits are not allowed.
  • No open houses during the festivity in all areas.
  • Hari Raya prayers in mosques and suraus are allowed. The limit is 50 people at a time for premises that can fit more than 1,000 pax, and 20 for those that can accommodate fewer than 1,000.
  • Cemetery visits are not allowed.

Updated: 5 May 2021

Kuala Lumpur will be placed under the movement control order from May 7 to 20, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

This decision to extend the MCO from six districts in Selangor to include KL comes after amidst a rise in new cases daily. Moreover, from April 1 to 27,17 new clusters were recorded in KL.

The SOPs for KL's MCO will follow those set for the six affected districts in Selangor. Scroll down for the list, plus the Raya SOPs for all (MCO, CMCO and RMCO) areas.

4 May 2021:

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that six districts in Selangor will be placed under the movement control order (MCO).  The six are Hulu Langat, Petaling, Gombak, Klang, Kuala Langat, and Sepang. This decision follows a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases within Selangor recently.

Three other districts in Selangor—Kuala Selangor, Sabak Bernam and Ulu Selangor—will remain under the conditional movement control order (CMCO).

The Senior Minister said the closure of Ramadan bazaars in Selangor will be at the state government’s discretion.

We will update this article once further news and SOPs are announced by the relevant authorities.


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