Starting from 4 May, almost all economic sectors and businesses would be allowed to reopen in order to let the economy rejuvenate while ensuring employment.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the government can no longer afford to carry on with the extended movement control order (MCO), which has dealt a significant blow to the nation’s economy.
Since the MCO began 40 days ago, the closure on business operations has not only imposed a negative threat on small premises, but major companies such as BluInc, TripAadvisor and Esprit have also been adversely impacted.
For this reason, various sectors of the economy will be reopened gradually, but with additional health and safety measure requirements.
Thankfully, non-contact activities will also be allowed when the Conditional MCO begins, provided that social distancing is practised and physical contact is avoided. This includes:
- Playing badminton or tennis without spectators
- Running in a small group of not more than 10 people
- Dining at restaurants, food trucks, mobile hawkers and roadside stalls (maximum 4 pax)
- Using public transportation such as LRT, MRT and bus (body temperature will be checked before allowing passengers to enter the train station)
Certain activities that involve big crowds such as going to cinemas, night clubs, bazaars and exhibitions will remain barred, as with all indoor sports including gymnasium, swimming pools.
Meanwhile, those that involve close contact between players such as rugby, boxing, football, and basketball will follow the same fate.
It goes without saying that social activities such as open houses, concerts, banquets, religious activities and gatherings continue prohibited for now. The same applies for interstate travels, especially during the Hari Raya period.
Source: The Star
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