New COVID-19 SOP: Key takeaways

By Hakim Mahari

KUALA LUMPUR, 1 May 2022: With the transition of the country to the endemic phase, most of the COVID-19 restrictions including social distancing and wearing face masks outdoors will be lifted by the government effective today, Malay Mail reported.

The announcement was made by the Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin on Friday (29 April) with several new COVID-19 guidelines to mark Malaysia’s transition to endemicity, mainly six regulations.

Besides, Education Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Md Jidin also announced several restrictions being lifted to echo the country’s call for the transition.

Below are the key takeaways from their announcement on the new COVID-19 SOPs:

Face masks

Both ministries have lifted wearing face masks and made it optional for outdoor activities. However, it is still mandatory to wear face masks indoors, including on any public transport or e-hailing ride.

Social distancing

Both ministries announced that physical distancing is only encouraged when not wearing masks.

MySejahtera QR code and vaccination status

Both ministries have dropped the mandatory QR code scanning through MySejahtera mobile application and vaccination status verification before entering premises.

However, both ministries stressed that it is still mandatory for people who are under quarantine or observing Home Surveillance Order (HSO).

COVID-19 positive

Two days ago, the Health Ministry announced that if a person tests positive for COVID-19, one has to be quarantined for seven days and will be given an option to undergo a “supervised” RTK-Ag

Meanwhile, the Education Ministry has announced that if students or staff in a school test positive for COVID-19, one has to observe a quarantine period.

Travellers

For travellers, Khairy said that no pre-departure or on-arrival COVID-19 test needs to be conducted for the fully vaccinated. However, partially and unvaccinated people will have to undergo an RT-PCR test two days before departure and a supervised RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival as well as observe a quarantine period for five days.

The requirement for COVID-19 insurance for travellers before entering Malaysia has also been dropped.

Negative sectors list

After two years of being in limbo, certain sectors such as nightclubs, all of which were on the negative list under the National Security Council (NSC), will be allowed to fully operate starting 15 May.

Other new regulations announced by Education Ministry

School canteens, sports and recreational activities are now allowed to operate, as usual, parents visiting students in boarding schools are now allowed.

Other than that, Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi also announced that school uniforms were encouraged but will be compulsory when the second term starts on 12 June 2022.

The ministry also said that current guidelines for assessment and examination will be used until 17 May this year and special school admission appeal results for levels one and four would be out on 29 April.

And finally, the ministry said that physical registration for special schools for levels one and four will start from 13 May to 16 May this year.

After two years, Malaysia will move towards endemicity with current cumulative COVID-19 cases as of yesterday were 4,443,318, and the virus has taken the lives of 35,536 people since the pandemic started. ***

Source: Malay Mail

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