Khairy: Masking not mandatory outdoors from May 1

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Wearing masks outdoors will be optional from May 1, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, in the latest relaxation of coronavirus restrictions.

However, he added, masking is still highly recommended outdoors.

“Using face masks in open areas or outside buildings is optional but highly recommended as they can reduce the spread of infection,” he told a press conference in Putrajaya today.


“The Health Ministry (still) encourages the public to put on the face mask outdoors, especially when in crowded spaces; individuals who are symptomatic with fever, cough and flu; high-risk individuals; and when conducting activities with high-risk individuals such as the elderly and children.”

However, face masks must still be worn indoors, including in shopping malls and offices, and on public transportation, including e-hailing rides.

Khairy also said the face mask can be removed when exercising indoors, when a person is by himself/herself, when eating and drinking, when making a speech, or when in a performance.