KUALA LUMPUR APR.12: Six states namely Selangor, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Penang, Kelantan and Sarawak remain under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) effective 15th until 28th April 2021 following the formation of many red zones and the uncertain trends of new COVID-19 cases.
Senior and Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, Sarawak’s CMCO will start 13th until 26th April 20.
Meanwhile, 10 states that remain under Recovery CMCO (RMCO) include Perlis, Kedah, Perak, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan.
Ismail said, inter-state travel is not permitted nationwide except inter-district travel in CMCO and RMCO states except Sabah and Sarawak where the state governments did not allow inter-district travel.
However, tourism activities are allowed among RMCO states following the green travel bubble concept using tourists agency services registered with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC).
On another development, Ismail said, all restaurants, food stalls, cafes, fast food outlets and food delivery services are permitted to operate until “sahor time” at 6.00am throughout Ramadan.
“However the permission for all the food outlets to be opened until 6am is only applicable during Ramadan,” said Ismail at the press conference held here today.
He added, food shops and restaurants located in the shopping complexs/malls will have to follow the closing time at 10pm.
Regarding the Ramadan buffet held in hotels, restaurants and private places, Ismail said, the number of guests should be 50% the capacity of the room while complying with the standard operating procedure (SOP) in CMCO states and 100% of the room capacity in RMCO states while adhering to the SOPs set by the government.
Ismail added, the government has also permitted all religious activities to be carried out in the mosques and “surau” throughout the month of Ramadan and the state religious authorities are allowed to come out with their SOP suitable to the local situation with the advice of the state health authority.
On the question of states not following what have been permitted by the Federal Government, Ismail said, as far as possible, the states should follow what the National Security Council (NSC) has released especially on the SOPs to avoid the people from confusion.
Nevertheless, Ismail said, the state governments are allowed to make stricter SOPs and not less strict in order to control COVID-19 from spreading.
On another development, Ismail said, EMCO has been imposed on Kampung Meruntum, Putatan, Sabah effective 13th until 26th April 2021 following five COVID-19 cases have been recorded out of 71 screening tests.
“Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed that there is a surge in COVID-19 in the locality with 62 screen test samples are still pending for the results.
“After a risk analysis was carried out with several agencies in the MCO Technical Committee and with the advice of MOH, the government agreed to impose EMCO in Kampung Meruntum for two weeks until 26th April 2021,” said Ismail.
The implementation of EMCO said Ismail is to enable MOH to carry out early detection and to avoid the transmission of COVID-19 to other localities. –Malaysia World News