The country is now in the state of Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). This is expected to last until 9 June. The reason for the extension of sorts is to prevent people from large gatherings, particularly with the upcoming festive occasions.
What’s Conditonal Movement Order Control?
The Government and authorities have enforced standard operating procedures (SOP) for people to follow. First up on the agenda is - there should be no interstate travels, even during the upcoming ‘Raya’ occasion. However, workers are allowed to travel between states, from 7 May to 10 May for official purposes. This follows a strict schedule laid out by the Malaysian Police.
Next, all businesses are permitted to operate by following the SOPs to the dot. This move is viewed as a sign of relief for many businesses, especially SMEs. Many businesses have started since 4 May while adhering to the guidelines and rules. According to the Government, closing of economic activities meant halting the nation's source of income; taxes cannot be collected, industries cannot grow, the growth of the country's economy is suspended, companies have to close, and many continue to lose their jobs. They revealed a deficit of RM 63 billion, since the lockdown began on 18 March.
Although most businesses are permitted to operate, there are several businesses not permitted to operate just yet, including cinemas, karaoke centers, reflexology centers, entertainment hubs, night clubs, theme parks, bazaars, recreation facilities, self-service launderettes, cruise ships, beauty salons, barbers, museums, and all forms of conferences and exhibitions. In addition, sporting events with large crowd are also on the 'not-to-do' list. If a sporting activity like jogging or racquet sport has less than 10 people, then it’s permitted. This move is imposed to simply curb large gatherings.
On this note, all religious and social gathering are strictly not allowed. Schools and educational institutions are closed indefinitely, until further notice.
SOPs to adhere
The CMCO has set aside several SOPs for people to follow. People are required to wear masks. Each township or county is categorized as green, yellow or red zone depending on the severity of the covid-19 cases.
Other SOPs to observe are staying home, social distancing, frequent washing of hands and conducting online or cashless transactions. This is known as the new normal.
For those in the transport business, you’re required to take into consideration the amount of passengers to carry and ensure SOPs are followed.
On a final note, all businesses should encourage employees to work from home unless their presence is needed in the office; this is to avoid crowding. All companies should check the employees' temperature, advise employees to observe the mandatory SOPs and take required details of all visiting clients or customers during the CMCO period.
From 4 May, all restaurants are opened with some rules to follow such as providing hand sanitizers, cleaning up after and all serving crews must wear face masks. Firstly, tables will have to be placed at least two meters away from the other. Next, customers will need to be notified when it comes to the number of people allowed at a table. Lastly, each customer must line up a meter apart from one another when paying.