Malaysia’s prime minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has recently announced that there will be a further relaxation of Covid-19 prevention SOPs on his Facebook page. There were several updates in his post, with several states being able to move on to other phases based on the National Recovery Plan.
Here’s what he said:
1. Tourism centres and interstate activities will be allowed only if 90% of adults in Malaysia have received the Covid-19 vaccination.
2. Starting 23 September 2021, grocery stores, mini markets, restaurants, petrol stations and convenience stores will be allowed to operate from 6 am to midnight.
3. Three states will be moving on to the next phase from 24 September 2021. Negeri Sembilan will be allowed to move to Phase 4, Pahang to Phase 3 and Johor to Phase 1.
4. Spas, wellness centres, health massages, zoos, aquariums, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and forest parks are allowed to reopen starting October 1 on the condition that operators and visitors must be fully vaccinated.
5. Malaysians arriving at international entry points can take the RT-PCR tests for Covid-19 for free but foreigners will need to bear the costs.
6. Businesses in Malaysia are allowed to operate with full capacity provided that the employer and all employees are fully vaccinated.
While the relaxation of precautions is great for opening up the economy, Ismail Sabri reminds Malaysians that we should be disciplined and alert in following SOPs. Remember to wear your face masks, practise physical distancing and be mindful of your personal hygiene.
Featured image taken from The Star and Straits Times.