In a televised address to the nation today, Malaysia Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the ongoing conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will be extended by one month and will end on June 9th 2020.
Based on the prior modus operandi for the ongoing CMCO, which was first announced on May 1st, this means that there will be no interstate travel nor will there be trips out of the country. Most business activities will be allowed to resume operations under strict operating procedures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
This means the enforcement of social distancing, the mandatory recording of temperatures and the personal details of visitors to the premises of a business establishment if there is a need for contact tracing, regular sanitisation of all critical areas and other security measures. Much like the earlier MCO that was announced earlier on in March, mass gatherings that include social gatherings, exhibitions, conferences and religious activities are still not allowed.
What this means for Malaysians is that the upcoming Hari Raya, Kaamatan and Gawai celebrations will be a more muted affair with the ban on interstate travel. Fortunately, the Prime Minister did add that close neighbours and relatives are allowed to visit each other within the state to a maximum of 20 people at a given time. Stay safe out there everyone!