KUALA LUMPUR JULY 23: The wearing of face mask in crowded places and public transportation will be made compulsory starting August 1.
Defence and Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the recent increase in new COVID-19 cases is worrying due to the adherence on the standard operating procedure (SOP) is declining.
Ismail said, the Ministry of Health has reported that the people have not been wearing face masks and not adhering to social distancing in public transport like LRT and KTM.
“The SOP has not been adhered to in crowded and confined places and as such the government has decided that wearing face mask in such places is made compulsory.
“The people could also wear self made face mask following the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) specifications. This is in view that face masks are thrown after being used once,” he said in a press conference held here today.
In another development, Ismail said, starting from tomorrow (July 24) all Malaysians returning from abroad are required to undergo the 14 days quarantine at the quarantine centres set by the government.
Ismail added, they are required to do swab tests at the international entrance including land and air before they adjourn to the quarantine centres.
“The people are to pay all expenses at the quarantine centres whether at the Public Training Institute or hotel. The government has also decided that children below 12 years old are allowed to share a room with the parents returning from the same place,” he added.
For sponsored students, Ismail said the sponsors will have to pay the quarantine costs while students under the B-40 family could apply for payment exemptions.
Ismail also warned restaurant owners and customers to adhere to the SOPs, as they could be compounded, charge in the courts or ordered to close the restaurant if found guilty. –Malaysia World News