The Federal Territory and three states will exit the movement control order (MCO) at midnight on March 4, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today.
Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor and Penang will return to the conditional movement control order (CMCO) the next day, he said.
Ismail said the call to lift the MCO followed data suggesting a downward trend in Covid-19 infection rate.
The Ministry of Health had informed the National Security Council that the R-nought, measure of infectivity rate, has reduced from 1.2 to 0.8, the minister said.
Social events such as weddings will be allowed in areas placed under CMCO and Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).
Ismail said the government now allows all types of social events, including official and unofficial events, organised by the government or private sector.
“The social events include wedding receptions, engagement ceremonies, aqiqah, doa selamat and tahlil events, birthday celebrations, reunions, retreats and others. For wedding receptions, it is extended to non-Muslims couples as well,” he said during a press briefing.
Ismail said outdoor weddings receptions were also allowed to take place but stressed that the public must follow standard operating procedures (SOP) including physical distancing.
“Please adhere to the SOP; there is no need to crowd an event,” he said.
Ismail Sabri also said premises in CMCO areas could have 50 percent of patrons based on its capacity, while premises in RMCO areas could have the number of patrons based on the size of the premises after taking into consideration the requirement for physical distancing.
He added the government also allowed the reopening of the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) sector in Movement Control Order (MCO) areas from March 5.
“It also extends to seminars, face to face meetings, conferences, workshops, trainings, courses and trade exhibitions.
“The attendance is limited to 50 percent (of the premise capacity) in CMCO areas, while in RMCO areas the number of people allowed will be based on the size of the premises, with physical distancing,” he said.
“Other states Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan, which currently are under CMCO, will be placed under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO),” Ismail added.
Both phases of the CMCO and RMCO in the relevant states will begin from March 5 to 18.
Ismail also announced that inter-district travel would be permitted from March 5, except for Sabah, while inter-state travel is still not allowed for all states.
Residents of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor may move between both without special permission but must apply to the police in order to enter Putrajaya for non-work reasons, he said.