By Farah Nisa Sa’adon
KUALA LUMPUR, 9 August 2021: Starting from today, more relaxation on the restriction to those who have completed their vaccination are given by the National Security Council (NSC).
The NSC has released a list on who will get the privileges to enjoy the eased restrictions. Couples who have long distance relationship, along with parents who have children below 18 years old in other states are among those given privileges to travel interstate but with the approval of the police.
The states announced (except Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Johor, Malacca and Putrajaya) are only those that already moved to Phase Two of National Recovery Plan who will be allowed to do non- contact outdoor sports, dine-in at restaurants and can even stay in homestays and hotels.
This decision to ease restrictions was made because statistics showed that 8.25 million adults in Malaysia had completed their vaccination, according to the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He added that he realised that many people had lost their income, finished their savings and became fatigue staying at home and saying that he fully understands, hence why the government made this decision to ease up the restrictions to those who have completed their vaccination with the advice from the Health Ministry.
He also said that among 20,000 cases in Malaysia right now, 96 percent and 98 percent are Categories One and Two which are asymptomatic cases and those with mild symptoms.
The National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme aimed to vaccinate 50 percent of the adult population by National Day.
He added that even though those who are fully vaccinated have the privileges to enjoy less restrictions in Phase Two, people still need to be cautious and to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) provided by the National Security Council (NSC).
The Prime Minister also urged the restaurants to provide their dining space with a better ventilation space as mask will be removed during eating and talking to those at the same table.
Lastly, he said that there will be update on announcement from time to time. ***