Supermarkets, shops selling essentials start at 8a.m till 8 p.m from 1st April – Ismail

Ismail Sabri Yaakob covid 19

PUTRAJAYA: Super and hyper markets, shops selling daily needs , restaurants, food delivery outlets and petrol stations are permitted to operate  from 8a.m until 8p.m effective April 1, 2020 .

Defence Minister and Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, a standard time for business operation all over the country is being enforced in the second phase of the Movement Control Act that starts April 1 until April 14, 2020.

Stressing the need to avoid face to face contact to avoid COVID-19 infection, Ismail said, the food ordered on delivery service should be left outside the house while the customer pick it up once the person leaves via a phone call.

However public transport operates from 6a.m till 10p.m and 5p.m till 10p.m. For taxis and e-hailing services, operation is from 6a.m till 10p.m.

“For private transport only one person is allowed to buy food while commercial transport carrying food and medicines are encouraged to start its operation from 7p.m till 7a.m.,” he said in a press conference here today.

For the handicapped group (OKU) and autism patients, Ismail said, they are allowed to go out for therapy sessions on the experts’ advice but not in groups.

Ismail also mentioned that the government has decided the ceiling price for face mask is RM1.50 from RM2.00 each. This is in view that face masks are still imported from abroad and local production is limited.

“The price of face mask will be reviewed from time to time according to the situation,” he added.

Ismail said, even though MCO had been imposed nearly two weeks now but the rate of individual being detained had increased to 828 yesterday due to stricter actions taken by the police.

However the police/military had conducted 1,520 road blocks and checked 257,287 vehicles while road blocks at toll plazas had been increased from 23 to 65 throughout the country and will be increased to 114 in the second phase of MCO.

 “About 67,774 people are involved in the enforcement of MCO since it started on March 18 until Mar 31. The number will be increased according to the requirement in the second phase of MCO that starts April 1 till April 14, 2020,” said Ismail. –Malaysia World News

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