States in Phase One enjoy more relaxed procedures

By Marissa Nazeera

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 August 2021: The government of former Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, has allowed fully vaccinated individuals in Phase One states under the National Recovery Plan to enjoy some relaxed procedures. 

The rationale behind the relaxation is that 50 percent of adult population in Malaysia have had full vaccination. Thus, certain social and economic sectors have been eased out. 

One of the privileges is to dine in and even to go to the weekly and night market. The latest SOP commenced at midnight on Thursday (19 August). 

However, for precautionary measures, the owners of the premises are required to verify the customers’ vaccination proof through MySejahtera COVID-19 vaccination digital certificate. 

For children aged below 17 that tags along with their fully vaccinated family or friends are obligated to comply with strict SOP. 

As the latest COVID-19 variant is airborne, the premises’ owners are also advised to provide more outdoor spaces with better ventilation.

For sports lovers, fully vaccinated people can enjoy outdoor and individual sports from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. only. The activities must observe an ample social distancing without any contact at all. 

As the clubhouses are opened, the dine in guidelines are similar as per stated for eateries. Nonetheless, their changing rooms and showers facilities shall remain closed at all times. 

Picnic and camping activities with the involvement of unvaccinated children below 17 years old are allowed only if they adhere to the strict SOPs. 

The Director General of Health Malaysia, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah had advised all people pertaining to the relaxed SOP via his tweet on Twitter.

He said, “Please keep that in mind; please wear a mask, double masks if possible, practice physical distancing and frequent hand washing. Avoid crowded and confined spaces.” 

He also added that everyone should remain safe and get vaccinated quickly. 

Aligned with the National Recovery Plan, Tan Sri Muhyiddin had also permitted the operations of 11 types of businesses that had taken effect on 16 August. It includes the reopening of car wash, furniture stores and household goods stores. ***

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