Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and four other states in Malaysia will be undergoing a Movement Control Order (MCO) from 13 to 26 January 2021.

Following the steep rise of COVID-19 cases in the country – especially the Klang Valley – Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has announced that several states in Malaysia will be undergoing MCO from 13 January onwards for two weeks. These states are Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Melaka, Johor, and Sabah.

The MCO will see several rules in place and updated SOPs for businesses to follow.

States under MCO

Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan (Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya), Penang, Melaka, Johor, and Sabah.

States under CMCO

Pahang, Kedah, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu, and Negeri Sembilan.

States under RMCO

Sarawak and Perlis.

Interstate and inter-district travel not allowed

For states under the MCO, there will be no travelling between states and districts. Travels are limited to a 10km radius from your home. Any individual found flouting these rules will be imposed a maximum fine of RM1,000.

No more dining out

Restaurants and eateries will not be allowed any dine-in customers for states under the MCO. Takeaway and deliveries are allowed.
Dine-in is allowed for states under the CMCO and RMCO.

Two people per household allowed out for MCO

Only two people per household are allowed to head out to stock up on groceries and necessities. Cars can only ferry two people from the same household.

No social activities allowed

There will be no weddings, religious ceremonies, meetings, and similar social activities allowed during the two-week MCO. This includes the mass celebration of Thaipusam and Chinese New Year.

What businesses can remain open?

For states under the MCO, supermarkets, clinics, pharmacies, hospitals, and banks are allowed to operate.

5 economic sectors allowed to operate

Only five economic sectors will be allowed to operate in states under the MCO. These are: manufacturing, trading, commodity services, and agriculture.

Work from home encouraged

Working from home is encouraged, says the Prime Minister to employers of those under economic sectors not allowed to operate.

Stay tuned for more as the ministry continues updating the SOPs in place.

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PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
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