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Full Lockdown 2021: FMCO extended two weeks to 28 June

Full Lockdown 2021: FMCO extended two weeks to 28 June

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It's confirmed: The full lockdown/FMCO beginning 1 June 2021 will continue for another two weeks till 28 June

Updated on 11 June

Like the ABBA song, it's here we go again with an extension of this year's full lockdown first implemented on 1 June. The announcement on the two-week extension, till 28 June, was announced today by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the decision was made during a National Security Council (NSC) special meeting chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, based on a recommendation by the Ministry of Health. Although the number of new cases have fallen below 8,000 a day, the daily total is still high at above 5,000 cases a day.

As of now, all SOPS and sectors allowed to operate remain the same as before—scroll down for a refresher on the FMCO must-knows.

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Updated on 1 June

On the evening of Friday, 28 May, the office of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the implementation of a total lockdown across Malaysia from 1 June to 14 June. The decision was made to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia, with the number of daily new infections recently surpassing 8,000. New and more virulent variants, with higher fatality rates, have also raised red flags and put the country's healthcare under strain.

This lockdown is considered to be "Phase One". Should Malaysia’s Covid-19 situation improve after 14 June, the government will consider implementing "Phase Two"—whereby some economic sectors will be allowed to operate again, provided physical distancing is possible and no large gatherings are involved.

The full list of economic and service sectors allowed to operate during the total lockdown in June was announced in a live broadcast by the government this evening.

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For easy reference, we’ve translated the list and simplified it to highlight must-know SOPs that are relevant to the general public.

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SOPs for total lockdown

Movement control:

  • Purchase of essential items: Only 2 people per household allowed in one vehicle (including the driver) within 10km radius from home
  • To get assistance for health, medical, security or emergency purposes: Only 3 people per household allowed in one vehicle (including driver) within 10km radius from home or to the nearest facility from home
  • Taxi and e-hailing: 2 passengers (including driver) per vehicle
  • Vaccination: Travel to and from the designated vaccination center is allowed with proof of vaccination date

Not allowed:

  • Children under 12 years old are not allowed to be present in any public premises or facilities—such as shopping malls, convenience stores and F&B outlets—except for emergency, medical treatment, education (sitting for international-level exams) and exercising purposes.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel except for emergency purposes—all interstate and inter-district travel letters from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) expire on 31st May, Monday. New applications have to be resubmitted through the Covid-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) 3.0 portal coordinated by MITI and involving all ministries that supervise the 17 essential services sectors that have been allowed to operate.

Sports and recreation:

  • Limited to jogging and non-contact sports in open areas, with physical distancing of 2 to 3 metres, from 7am to 8pm within the neighbourhood

Religious activities and marriage registration/solemnisation:

  • Prayers at a mosque or surau: Limited to 12 committee members and adherence to SOPs
  • Marriage solemnisation (Islam): Only allowed at the Islamic Religious Department with adherence to SOPs
  • Funeral/burial rites (Islam): Allowed according to SOPs set by the religious department
  • Prayers at houses of worship (non-Islam): Limited to 12 committee members and adherence to SOPs
  • Funeral/burial rites (non-Islam): Allowed according to SOPs by the National Unity and Integration Department
  • Marriage registration (non-Islam) at JPN, houses of worship and religious associations: Allowed according to SOPs set by JPN

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Only these 17 essential services are allowed to operate from 1 to 14 June:

1. Food and beverages—including for animals

2. Health and medical care—including dietary supplements, animal care and clinics as well as veterinary services

3. Water

4. Energy

5. Security and safety, defence, emergency, welfare and humanitarian assistance

6. Solid waste management, public cleaning and sewerage

7. Transportation by land, water or air

8. Services and operations of ports, shipyards and airports—including loading, lattice transportation, cargo handling and piloting, and storage of bulk commodity

9. Communications—including media, telecommunications and Internet, post and courier as well as broadcasting (for purpose of conveying information, news and the like only)

10. Banking, insurance, Takaful and capital markets

11. Community credit—limited to mortgage services

12. E-commerce and information technology

13. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants

14. Hotels and accommodation—limited to quarantine and isolation purposes, not tourism

15. Critical construction, maintenance and repairs

16. Forestry services and wildlife—limited to enforcement

17. Logistics—limited to the delivery of necessary services

Businesses in these 17 sectors must get written permission to operate from 1 June to 14 June through MITI's Covid-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) 3.0 portal.

Public sector workforce (limited to essential services)

  • Limited to frontliners, security, defense, and enforcement
  • Not more than 20 percent of the workforce at any time

Private sector workforce (limited to essential services)

  • Not more than 60 percent of the workforce, including operations and management staff

Shops allowed to operate and opening hours:

Commercial businesses and services (8am to 8pm)

  • F&B outlets, food trucks, roadside stalls, drive-through establishments (dine-in and in-car services are not allowed)
  • Mini markets, convenience stores, and hardware stores
  • Shopping malls are closed except for supermarkets, hypermarkets, the F&B and essential items section of departmental stores, pharmacies, personal care stores, convenience stores, mini markets, and F&B outlets
  • Vets and pet food stores
  • Laundry and dry cleaning services (including self-service laundrettes)
  • Optical shops
  • Automotive workshops, auto parts stores
  • Wholesalers and distributors

Markets

  • Morning markets (6am to 2pm)
  • PTK, MFO and PPK (6am to 4pm)
  • PST (7am to 12pm)
  • Wholesale markets (12.01am to 6am & 11am to 4pm)

* Night markets are not allowed to operate

Petrol stations

  • Regular petrol stations (6am to 8pm)
  • Petrol stations at highways with tolls (24 hours)

Medical services

  • Hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories (24 hours or according to business license)

* Primary and secondary schools are to remain closed, with teaching taking place online

* Daycare/childcare centers, kindergartens and child enrichment centres are not allowed to open unless for children with both parents working as front liners or in essential sectors

Do stay home, stay vigilant, practise the recommended safety and social distancing measures, and get vaccinated when possible. We’re all in this together and it’ll take all of us to maximise the impact of this lockdown.

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