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Malaysia lifts indoor mask mandate, now optional except in public transportation

Will you still be wearing your masks indoors? Here’s what you need to know about Malaysia lifting the indoor mask mandate, effective immediately.

As of 7 September 2022, Malaysia has now scrapped its rule of wearing masks indoors. The Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that effective immediately, the use of face masks would only be compulsory in hospitals, medical institutions and public transportation such as buses, trains, planes, taxis and e-hailing vehicles. 

Malaysia scraps indoor mask mandate

However, masks are mandatory for people who are symptomatic and test positive for Covid-19. It is also recommended that those with symptoms such as fever, cough, flu, or high-risk individuals should still keep their masks on in public.

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According to Bloomberg, “Premise owners, such as shopping malls, shops, or restaurants, may still enforce rules requiring visitors to mask up,” Khairy added.

“If they make the decision to impose it, then people must abide (by it), and they can bar those who refuse from entering,” he said.

While mask-wearing is now optional, Khairy has also stated that it is highly encouraged to practice wearing masks indoors in crowded places such as night markets, shopping malls, stadiums and places of worship. 

Quoted from The Star, “High-risk individuals such as the elderly, pregnant women, as well as those with chronic diseases or with low immunity, are also highly encouraged to wear face masks.

“Individuals doing activities with high-risk groups like the elderly and children are also advised to put on face masks,” said Khairy.

In May, the country lifted the mask mandate for outdoor spaces, including entering public premises regardless of vaccination status. Today, wearing face masks will be entirely optional for the public indoors and outdoors.


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Malaysia lifts indoor mask mandate, now optional except in public transportation

Amalina Anuar

Senior Writer

Amalina seeks joy in writing the ins and outs of the fashion, dining and beauty world. When she’s not stalking for her next handbag purchase, you can find her binge-watching the latest tv series, testing out beauty products or singing her heart out at concerts. As a part-time spin instructor, she uses music as a quick escape, which explains why she’s always bopping her head to a good tune, no matter where she is. Amalina is a fashion journalism graduate from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco and has always loved exploring big cities.

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