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UPDATED: Here are the new SOPs for those who are \"fully vaccinated\" in Malaysia

UPDATED: Here are the new SOPs for those who are "fully vaccinated" in Malaysia

Only for the fully vaxxed

Text: Natalie Khoo Rachel Au

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Are you fully vaccinated? Then, read on for the new SOPs!

Update on 15 September 2021: The government has updated the SOPs for various sectors under the National Recovery Plan, which will include more relaxations to economic and social activities effective from 17 September 2021 (Friday). Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has also announced that Terengganu will move to Phase Three from Friday onwards.

Here are the latest updates for the respective phases for those who are fully vaccinated:

Additional activities allowed in Phase One states (Johor and Kedah)

  • Photography shops and services
  • Second hand goods shops
  • Nurseries and florists
  • Souvenirs and crafts
  • Antique shops
  • Toy shops
  • Carpet shops
  • Creative content services and creative equipment shops
  • Outdoor shops
  • Cosmetic, skincare, and perfume shops
  • Tobacco shops (including vape and electric cigarettes)
  • Nurseries, kindergartens, and day care centres (for children whose parents who are working)

Additional activities allowed in Phase Two states (Klang Valley)

  • Hairdresser and barber shops (all tools used during the service such as combs and scissors must be sanitised or disposed of after use; the service provider must wear a face mask and gloves at all times)
  • Beauty salons (pedicures, manicures, facials, nail trimming, massages, body slimming, waxing, as well as breast and ovary treatments are allowed only for Phase Two onwards)
  • Furniture factories
  • Companies are allowed to operate at 60 per cent capacity if 40 per cent of employees are fully vaccinated, 80 per cent capacity if  60 per cent of employees are fully vaccinated, and 100 per cent if 80 per cent of employees are fully vaccinated

Additional activities allowed in Phase Two and Three states (Klang Valley, Negeri Sembilan, Sarawak, Perlis, and Terengganu)

  • Face-to-face or in-person work meetings for fully vaccinated individuals only
  • Sports and physical contact recreational activities in both indoor and outdoor facilities
  • Team sports which involve physical contact, including football, volleyball, and takraw
  • Fitness activities such as aerobics, Zumba, and similar activities in groups of not more than 50 individuals, or filling up not more than 50 per cent of the premise's capacity

View the full list of updated SOPs via the ministry's official website here


Update on 9 September 2021: In tandem with the Klang Valley's move to Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) beginning this Friday, 10 September, the government has decided to relax a number of SOPs for several sectors including sports and recreation, as well as trade and distribution. However, the loosened SOPs will mainly benefit those who are fully vaccinated across all states. 

This decision comes as more than 50 per cent of the country's adult population has been fully vaccinated, according to the latest report by The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme

This will be the updated Phases for all states effective Friday, 10 September:


Phase One
Kedah, Johor

Phase Two
KL, Putrajaya, Selangor, Sabah, Pahang, Terengganu, Perak, Melaka, and Kelantan

Phase Three
Sarawak, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis

Phase Four
Labuan

We've consolidated all the updates of previous SOPs for each Phase for fully vaccinated individuals only below: 

Activities allowed in Phase One onwards (effective from 10 September 2021)

  • Interdistrict and interstate travel for long-distance married couples (required: a police letter, I/C copies of the couple, marriage certificate, letter proof of residence)
  • Parents to travel across borders and states to meet their children who are below 18 years old (required: a police letter, I/C copies of parents and/or children's birth certificate)
  • Prayers in houses of worship
  • Travellers returning to Malaysia from overseas will be allowed to self-quarantine at home
  • Dine-in at eateries (patrons must show MySejahtera digital vaccine certificate)
  • Dine-in at clubhouses are allowed, but operation of changing rooms or shower rooms are not allowed
  • Night markets and weekend markets
  • Types of businesses in trade and distribution that are allowed to operate:
    - Car wash
    - Electrical and electronics
    - Household goods and kitchen utensils
    - Furniture
    - Sports equipment
    - Car accessories
    - Car distribution and sales
    - Morning markets and pasar tani
    - Clothing and fashion accessories
    - Jewellery
    - Barbers and beauty salons (for basic haircuts only)
    - Florists
    - Nurseries
    - Outdoor equipment shops
    - Housing galleries
  • Types of sports, recreation, and leisure activities that are allowed: 
    - Non-physical contact and non-group activities (outdoors) such as jogging, exercise, taichi, cycling, skateboarding, fishing, equestrian, archery, hiking, tennis (singles), badminton (singles), golf, and motorsport (6am to 10pm)
    - Picnics and camping (participation of children aged 17 and under is allowed with strict adherence to SOP)
    - Indoor sports activities (except gyms) and by appointment only
    - Indoor commercial sports and recreation facilities under close supervision and by-appointment only
  • Types of activities in the art and entertainment sectors that are allowed:
    - Filming and live broadcasts of creative content
    - Pre-recorded and live broadcasts of informative and entertaining content to a fully vaccinated audience in a studio (30 per cent capacity)
    - Creative shoots/filming in and outside studios (30 per cent capacity)
    - Indoor busking and lounge performances in a hotel
    - Cinemas (half capacity)
    - Live musicals, theatre and comedy performances, and shows with a live audience (30 per cent venue capacity)
    - Art exhibitions, galleries and museums, with a confirmed reservation (30 per cent venue capacity)

Activities allowed in Phase Two and Phase Three (effective from 10 September 2021)

  • Interdistrict travel (travel between KL, Putrajaya, and Selangor is allowed as these areas are classified as one under Klang Valley)
  • Tourist activities within the state for the fully vaccinated (hotels and homestays included)
  • Additional flexibility for hairdressers, barbers, and beauty salons

Activities allowed in Phase Four 

  • All public and private sectors are allowed to operate at full capacity

In summary, the main differences between Phase One and Phases Two and Three is the flexibility for interdistrict travel and additional leeway for some business operations. Phase Four is the final stage, which the government expects all states to reach earliest by October

For more information and the complete list of SOPs, visit the official MKN website here


Update on 7 September 2021: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced that entertainment and art sectors will be allowed to open in all states at reduced capacity for those who are fully vaccinated, from 9 September (Thursday) onwards.

Cinemas will be allowed to open at half capacity, whereas live musicals, theatre and comedy performances, and shows with a live audience are allowed at a venue capacity of 30 per cent. Art exhibitions, galleries and museums will also be allowed to resume operations at 30 per cent capacity.

In addition, fully vaccinated individuals will be allowed to perform indoor busking and lounge performances in hotels. 

Ismail said this move will also revive all initiatives and programmes planned by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (MCMC), through the National Film Development Corporation of Malaysia (Finas), MyCreative Ventures and Malaysian Cultural Economic Development Agency (Cendana).

More information on this decision will be updated here.


Update on 19 August 2021: The government has announced more relaxations for fully vaccinated individuals residing in Phase One states of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), including dine-in at eateries, effective from 20 August.

Caretaker Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that dine-ins are only allowed for customers who are able to show their digital vaccination certificates. He also suggested that operators provide outdoor seating for customers for better ventilation to prevent any spread of Covid-19. For couples wanting to bring along their children aged 17 and below, the parents must be responsible to follow the SOP.

Sports, recreation, and leisure activities without physical contact and not in groups (outdoor) will also be allowed. The full list of activities is updated under the SOPs for the fully-vaccinated in all Phases below. 


Update on 15 August 2021: The government has allowed an additional 11 economy sectors in Phase One to resume operations starting 16 August. The 11 sectors have been added under the new SOPs for the fully-vaccinated in all Phases below. Manufacturing, construction, and mining and quarrying industries can also resume operations in all Phase One, Phase Two, and Phase Three states.


Original article dated 8 August 2021

As Malaysia's Covid-19 cases remain at an all-time high (though as of the time of writing on 8 August, the reported number of new cases for the day was down to 18,633) and vaccination rates continue at a steady rate (averaging at around 400,000 per day), the nation is preparing to ease up restrictions with new SOPs for those who are fully vaccinated

However, these 'benefits' mostly apply to states and federal territories that are in at least Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan, as per Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's announcement today. To keep you up to speed:


Phase Three locations
Perlis, Labuan and Sarawak

Phase Two locations
Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, Penang and Sabah

Phase One locations
Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Kedah, Negri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor

Well, at least, there's a ray of hope to look forward to.

The new SOPs for the fully-vaccinated in all Phases allow (effective from 10 August onwards):

  • Interdistrict and interstate travel for long-distance married couples (required: a police letter, I/C copies of the couple, marriage certificate, letter proof of residence)
  • Parents to travel across borders and states to meet their children who are below 18 years old (required: a police letter, I/C copies of parents and/or children's birth certificate)
  • Prayers in houses of worship 
  • Fully-vaccinated travellers returning to Malaysia from overseas will be allowed to self-quarantine at home

From 16 August onwards

  • Fully-vaccinated citizens can visit an additional 11 types of businesses:
    - Car wash
    - Electrical and electronics
    - Household goods and kitchen utensils
    - Furniture
    - Sports equipment
    - Car accessories
    - Car distribution and sales
    - Morning markets and pasar tani
    - Clothing and fashion accessories
    - Jewellery
    - Barbers and beauty salons (for basic haircuts only)

From 20 August onwards

  • Dine-in at eateries (patrons must show MySejahtera digital vaccine certificate)
  • Dine-in at clubhouses are allowed, but operation of changing rooms or shower rooms are not allowed
  • Sports, recreation, and leisure activities without physical contact and non-group activities (outdoors) such as jogging, exercise, taichi, cycling, skateboarding, fishing, equestrian, archery, hiking, tennis (singles), badminton (singles), golf, and motorsport (6am to 10pm)
  • Picnics and camping (participation of children aged 17 and under is allowed with strict adherence to SOP)
  • Night markets and weekend markets

From 9 September onwards

  • Filming and live broadcasts of creative content
  • Pre-recorded and live broadcasts of informative and entertaining content to a fully vaccinated audience in a studio (30 per cent capacity)
  • Creative shoots/filming for fully vaccinated individuals in and outside studios (30 per cent capacity)
  • Indoor busking and lounge performances in a hotel 
  • Cinemas (half capacity)
  • Live musicals, theatre and comedy performances, and shows with a live audience (30 per cent venue capacity)
  • Art exhibitions, galleries and museums, with a confirmed reservation (30 per cent venue capacity)

The new SOPs for the fully-vaccinated in Phase Two onwards allow ( effective from August 10):

  • Dine-ins (but takeaway/delivery is still recommended)
  • Sports without physical contact—and in outdoor or semi-outdoor settings—such as jogging, exercising, taichi, cycling, skateboarding, fishing, equestrian, archery, hiking, singles tennis and badminton and golf (6am to 10pm)
  • Dine-in operations at clubhouses are allowed, but operation of changing rooms or shower rooms are not allowed
  • Tourism activities that involve homestays and hotels within the same state.

Take note that you are only considered "fully vaccinated"

  • 14 days after your second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine (Pfizer/AstraZeneca/Sinovac)

OR

  • 28 days after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Cansino)

To verify an individual's immunisation status, authorities will check the Covid-19 digital vaccination certification. This digital certificate will have to be shown upon encountering enforcement officers manning roadblocks and/or to the mosque and surau authorities. This also applies to F&B establishments for customers who wish to dine in.

However, Muhyiddin cautioned that these allowances does not mean that the ongoing SOPs should be disregarded, highlighting that dining at restaurants or taking part in sports still carry a risk of getting infected with Covid-19.

“The government will not hesitate to withdraw all benefits that have been given if there is non-compliance towards guidelines and SOPs that have been fixed.

“If there are infections in premises that enjoy these benefits, the Health Ministry particularly will immediately take the necessary steps including carrying out a re-evaluation of risks, and the possibility—of [an] immediate shutdown of premises or area involved and the issuing of a compound to those identified as breaching SOPs—is not discounted,” he said.

As usual, more details will be announced soon by MKN (Majlis Keselamatan Negara/National Security Council). As the cases are still on the high side—and with the threat of the Delta variantvaccinated or not, it is still best to remain vigilant and practise the mitigation measures. Stay safe, everyone! 

Update: To check on the current SOPs for your state of residence, check out the National Recovery Plan (NRO) Official Portal.

More resources on the Covid-19 vaccines in Malaysia: