Kedah and Kelantan have agreed to implement the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in line with the decision made at the federal government level.
Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir said the state government has decided to implement the CMCO immediately, which was postponed in order to fine-tune the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the federal government to suit the needs of the state.
“Local authorities have made some adjustments according to local needs. Therefore, in Kedah, we decided that food premises could operate from 8 am to 8 pm, but dining-in at eateries is still not allowed during the CMCO period.
“Throughout Ramadan, Muslim food premises are allowed to operate from 3 pm to 8 pm for take-away, drive-through and delivery,” he told reporters after chairing the COVID-19 State Security Working Committee special meeting at Wisma Darul Aman today.
He said for the retail and wholesale sectors, the operation hours allowed are also from 8 am to 8 pm only.
Mukhriz also said public and recreational parks will remain closed during the CMCO. Those who wish to carry out sports activities are allowed to do so individually within their residential areas.
“We allow shopping malls to operate if they abide by the SOPs set by the government. For retail and wholesale sectors, they are allowed to operate from 8am to 8pm only.
“The same timeframe applies to government official offices. Guidelines on state and federal government departments’ operations will be distributed by the state Secretary soon. All government agencies are allowed to operate.”
In Kota Bharu, the Kelantan government decided to implement the CMCO starting tomorrow with 36 economic sectors resuming their operations following the SOP set by both federal and state governments.
Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob said some of the economic sectors allowed to resume are restaurants, food courts, hawker centres and street food stalls from 3 pm to 6 pm during Ramadan and 7 am to 10 pm afterwards.
Besides, self-service laundries are allowed to operate from 9 am to 6.30 pm while the hotel sector could operate 24 hours for accommodation, but its restaurant operation is only allowed from 6.30 am to 9 pm.
“Meanwhile, the public sector will be fully operational starting this Friday (May 8),” he told reporters after chairing the State Security Working Committee special meeting at Kota Darul Naim Kota complex today.
Perak said today it has no issue on reopening of businesses and industries under the CMCO.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said the state government has been following the standard operating procedures (SOP) announced by Putrajaya in reopening of businesses, but restaurants will still not be allowed to offer dine-ins.
He said this is in accordance with the general guidelines and SOPs set by the National Security Council via a special meeting held together with mentris besar and chief ministers.
“However, after reviewing the sectors that are high risk of Covid-19 infection, the state has decided to not allow dine-in at restaurants and food premises. But, all types of businesses under the food sector are allowed to operate for take-away, delivery and drive through.
“Apart from that, the state also did not allow controlled fresh market to be open,” he said in a statement.
Ahmad Faizal also said all restaurants and food premises’ owner must take precautionary measures before the state government decide to allow dine-in.
He also clarified that the selected sports and recreational activities are allowed, but only not at the public recreational parks.
“This is because the state government has to make sure that it has adequate enforcement officers to monitor these public recreational parks.
“We need officers to ensure that one-metre distance is maintained at all time, limit the visitors and check on users’ ethics, especially in the cases that involves children,” he said.
Ahmad Faizal also said that the state will ensure that all SOPs are followed and adhered to before allowing dine-in and opening the public recreational parks for the people.
All people entering Perlis during the CMCO are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine, said Menteri Besar Azlan Man.
He said the measure is to maintain the state’s Covid-19 green zone status.
“This directive is not only for those entering from red zone areas but for every individual, regardless of where they are coming from, including from green zone areas such as Penang.
“There will be no exception, whether they are coming from abroad (neighbouring countries) or from other states, they would be required to undergo quarantine as directed by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to contain Covid-19 infection,” he told reporters today.
Asked about food premises operation in Perlis during the CMCO, Azlan said eateries are now allowed to operate until 10pm compared to 8 pm previously.
He said the public are allowed to dine at eateries, but owners of the premises have to adhere to procedures and stern action would be taken if they failed to do so.
On sports and recreational activities, Azlan said the people are allowed to jog in certain areas, such as Denai Larian track at Pengkalan Assam, Department of Irrigation and Drainage and Taman Bukit Lagi.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah today said that the state government will ensure activities which are no longer prohibited under the CMCO will be engaged in a manner that will not jeopardize public health.
He said the state Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), at its meeting today, had decided on three strategies before allowing all sectors to operate.
“The first stage is to refine the standard operating procedures (SOPs) under CMCO to suit the local situation in the various economic activities in Sarawak,” he said in his media briefing today.
Uggah said the state government will first familiarize all the stakeholders on the SOPs and guidelines.
“This is very important as they must be aware of what they should do, especially in the current situation where the practice of social distancing and personal hygiene is very important.
He said the second stage would be the operations aspect of the SOPs.
“Once the operations have started, we will make sure that we have sufficient people to monitor, supervise and enforce.
“We will study the types of operations that we allow in the green zones and what are the operations that can be controlled in the yellow and red areas,” he said, pointing out that over 70 percent of Sarawak is classified as green zones with no positive Covid-19 cases in the last few weeks.
Uggah, who is also SDMC chairman, said there will be two sets of SOPs in the state, one is for the green zones and another for the yellow and red zones.
“The most important is our strategy to cut off the chain of the virus to make sure the health of the people is always protected.
“You can see in some countries where citizens are very disciplined and understand the importance of social distancing and personal hygiene, they succeeded in fighting Covid-19,” he said.
Asked if the state government was consulted before the CMCO was gazetted and then announced, Uggah said there was a meeting of the national security council which Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg attended.
“That was part of the consultation, but the SOPs were distributed later. That was why we responded later as we needed to study the SOPs,” he said.