MCO Phase 2 New Gazette: 10-Km Travel Radius Limit to Buy Necessities, Essential Services Reduced

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Travel to buy food and other necessities has been limited to 10km from one’s home.

Malaysians and all foreigners residing here are not allowed to move beyond a 10-km radius from their residences during the expanded Movement Control Order (MCO) period until April 14.

This is according to a new federal gazette on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (No.2) (Regulations) 2020, which takes effect from April 1 to April 14.

The new conditions for movement states that a person is allowed to move within the limit to purchase or deliver food, daily necessities, medicine or dietary supplement and is not allowed to be accompanied by anyone unless it is reasonably necessary.

The same applies when it comes to seeking healthcare, however, the person may be accompanied by another person as may be reasonably necessary.

As for those who are travelling because of official duty, he or she must produce an authorisation letter from his or her employer if it is required by the authorities. Those working under the essential services sectors must also produce the document if it is requested by the authorities.

For those who need to travel beyond the radius due to special or particular reasons, they must obtain a written permission from the police officer in charge of the nearest police station to their residence.

Mass gatherings, including for religious, sports, recreational, social or cultural purposes, are still barred except for funerals with the condition that the attendance is kept at a minimum.

Citizens, permanent residents or expatriates returning from overseas must still undergo a health examination upon arrival in the country before they are allowed to proceed for immigration clearance at any point of entry and must comply with the directions of an authorised officer.

The public must also disclose any information pertaining to the prevention and control of infectious disease from any person or body of persons.

Under the updated gazette, the list of essential services has also been cut from 22 to just 10 as the government bids to limit public movement to contain the Covid-19 virus.

The 10 services deemed as essential are food, water, energy, communication and internet, security and defence, solid waste and public cleansing management and sewerage, healthcare and medical, including dietary supplement, banking and finance, e-commerce, and logistics for essential services.

Among the notable services to be excluded in the updated list are hotels and accommodations, port, dock and airport services, postal, broadcasting and wildlife.

Under the MCO, which is currently scheduled to end on April 14, only those working in the essential services are allowed to travel to work.

The federal gazette, which was signed by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, was dated March 31.

Anyone found flouting the regulation shall be liable to a maximum fine of RM1,000 or jail for up to six months, or both.

Companies, associations, organisations or societies found to have committed offences during the extended MCO will also face the same penalties as an individual.