The complete SOPs for Full Movement Control Order (FMCO) has been announced by the government today. Let’s find out what you’re allowed and not allowed to do.
LATEST UPDATE (27 June 2021): Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the Full Lockdown (FMCO)/Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0 will end as scheduled on Monday (28 June 2021). The current lockdown, which is part of Phase One of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) will continue until the number of daily Covid-19 cases drops to less than 4,000 a day.
According to the Prime Minister, more comprehensive assistance for all groups of society will be announced on Monday or Tuesday. Stay tuned.
UPDATE (16 June 2021): Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob just announced that the nationwide lockdown will be extended for another two weeks, from June 15 to June 28.
On the 28th of May 2021, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the whole of Malaysia will be going into a Full Movement Control Order (FMCO) from June 1 to June 28 2021 to curb the spread of Covid-19.
“This decision was made after taking into account the current situation of the Covid-19 outbreak in Malaysia, with daily cases surpassing 8,000 and over 70,000 active cases,”
What is Full Movement Control Order (FMCO)?
According to the press statement released by the Prime Minister Office, the nationwide lockdown will be conducted in three phases:
Phase 1: Full closure of social and economic sectors for two weeks, starting June 1.
Phase 2: If the lockdown is successful and the number of cases drops, the government will initiate phase two, which will allow the reopening of some sectors in the economy that doesn’t involve large gathering. Phase two will be carried out for four weeks.
Phase 3: Once phase two has ended, we will then go into the third phase where almost all economic sectors will be opened with strict SOPs. Social activities, however, will not be allowed.
On May 30, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham held a joint press conference to announce the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the full lockdown (FMCO), starting June 1. Find out the complete list of what you can and cannot do during these two weeks.
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National Recovery Plan
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the National Recovery Plan, a four-phase exit plan from the Covid-19 pandemic for Malaysia.
The strategy for the National Recovery Plan is based on:
- The number of daily Covid-19 infections.
- The utilisation rate in the intensive care unit (ICU) wards.
- The percentage of the vaccinated population.
Take a look at the four phases below:
Phase 1 (June)
- The implementation of full movement control order (FMCO)
The government will consider moving on to phase 2 if:
- Daily Covid-19 cases fall below 4,000
- ICU bed usage returns to a moderate level
- 10% of the population has received two doses of vaccines
Phase 2 (July & August)
- The reopening of economic activities with up to 80% workforce.
- Only selected economic sectors are allowed to operate:
- Cement manufacturing
- Sales of computers and electronic devices
- No social activities allowed.
- Interstate travel is banned as well.
The government will consider moving on to phase 3 if:
- Daily Covid-19 cases fall below 2,000
- ICU bed usage reduced significantly
- 40% of the population has received two doses of vaccines
Phase 3 (September & October)
- All economic activities (except those that involve large gatherings) will be allowed to operate with up to 80% workforce.
- Manufacturing activities will be allowed in accordance with strict SOPs. However, companies are allowed to operate at 100% capacity if all workers have been vaccinated.
- Activities, where physical distancing is hard to maintain, are banned, including conventions, pubs, spas and beauty salons.
- Sports and social activities are allowed to resume in stages.
- Parliament will be opened in accordance with strict SOPs.
The government will consider moving on to phase 4 if:
- Daily Covid-19 cases fall below 500
- ICU bed usage is at a sufficient level
- 60% of the population has received two doses of vaccines
Phase 4 (November & December)
- All economic sectors are allowed to open with strict SOPs in place.
- More social activities will be allowed with strict SOPs in place.
- Interstate travel will be allowed with strict SOPs in place.
- Domestic tourism will be permitted with strict SOPs in place.
List of Essential Services that are allowed to operate during FMCO
There are 17 types of essential services that are allowed to operate during FMCO, namely:
- Food and beverages including for animals. All F&B outlets are allowed to operate for delivery and takeaway services only (strictly no dine-ins).
- Health and medical care including dietary supplements, animal care and clinics as well as veterinary services.
- Security and safety, defence, emergency, welfare, and humanitarian assistance.
- Solid waste management and public cleaning and sewerage.
- Transportation by land, water, or air.
- Services and operations of ports, shipyards and airport including loading, lattice transportation, cargo handling and piloting, and storage or bulk commodity.
- Communications including media, telecommunications, and internet, post, and courier as well as broadcasting (for purpose of conveying information, news and the like only)
- Banking, insurance, takaful, and capital markets.
- Community credit (mortgage only).
- E-commerce and information technology.
- Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants
- Hotels and accommodation (only for the purpose of quarantine, isolation, and not for tourism).
- Critical construction, maintenance, and repairs.
- Forestry services (limited to enforcement) and wildlife.
- Logistics limited to the delivery of necessary services only.
The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has announced the list of manufacturing and manufacturing-related services (MRS) sectors that are allowed to operate during the full movement control order (FMCO) period – June 1 to 28, 2021.
- Aerospace including maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)
- Food and beverage
- Packaging and printing materials
- Personal care products and cleaning supplies
- Healthcare and medical care including dietary supplement
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including rubber gloves, and fire safety equipment
- Medical equipment components
- Electrical and Electronics
- Oil and Gas, including petrochemical and petrochemical products
- Chemical products
- Machinery and equipment
- Textiles for manufacturing of PPE only
- Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants
Only 60% workforce is allowed.
Agriculture, Fishing, Livestock, Plantation and Commodities
- Agriculture, fishing and livestock and their chains (for example, shops that are selling fertilisers and pesticides are allowed to operate)
- Plantation Industries and Commodities (oil palm, rubber, pepper and cocoa)
FMCO for Construction
- Repair and maintenance of roads, bridges, slopes and traffic lights
- Inspection and repair of escalators, lifts, travelators and other critical mechanical and electrical equipment
- Repair, maintenance and upgrading work of premises of critical services
- Maintenance and cleaning for the disposal of stagnant water or pest control fogging at construction sites.
- Repair and maintenance work for trains, such as Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) or Light Rail Transit (LRT), commuter, single/ double track and rail projects
- Repair work of personal residences
- The construction of Bailey Bridge
Aside from that, the government also announced that construction works that involved public infrastructure are also allowed during FMCO, namely:
- Bridges and viaduct
- The ongoing highway project
- Public transportation works, including Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) or Light Rail Transit (LRT), commuter, single/ double track and rail projects
- Infrastructure relating to telecoms, electricity or oil and gas
- Construction work of hospital
- Construction works that have complete on-site accommodation for the workers.
Commercial distribution services
- Shopping malls are not allowed to open except for restaurant and eateries (for takeaway and delivery only), convenience stores, supermarkets and hypermarkets (food, drinks and essential sections only), pharmacies and optical stores
- Supermarkets, hypermarkets, pharmacies, personal care, convenience stores, mini markets and grocery stores as well as department stores are allowed to operate but RESTRICTED to the food, beverage and basic necessities section only
- Restaurants and eateries
- Laundry and dry-cleaning
- Petrol stations
- Pet stores and pet clinics
- Optical shops
- Hardware shops
- Automotive service shops (repairs and spare parts)
- E-commerce (all products)
- Wholesale and distribution (products for essential services only)
List of Services that are not allowed to operate during FMCO
- All economic and social activities are NOT ALLOWED except for the essential services listed above.
- Manufacturing Sector is also NOT ALLOWED except for the essential services listed above.
Complete list of SOPs for Full Movement Control Order (FMCO)/MCO 3.0:
The SOPs for FMCO will be effective from June 1 to June 28 2021 and is applicable to all states and territories in Malaysia.
- Only TWO people from each household are allowed to go out to shop for essentials or seek medical services — limited to a 10km radius from their residence.
- All F&B outlets are allowed to operate for delivery and takeaway services only.
- A maximum of THREE people (including the patient) is allowed to go and seek medical treatment — limited to a 10km radius from their residence or the nearest healthcare centre.
- Only TWO people (including the driver) are allowed in a car, including taxis and e-hailing rides. The passenger is required to sit in the rear seat.
- Public transports such as buses, LRT, MRT, ERL, Monorail and ferries are allowed to operate but only at 50% capacity. Operating hours and frequencies are subjected to the Ministry of Transport.
- All work permission letters issued by the International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) are only valid up to May 31 and will no longer be valid starting June 1.
- All teaching and learning activities for higher education institutions will be conducted online.
- Students would be allowed to sit for examinations under international examination bodies at international and expatriate schools.
- Kindergartens, private kindergartens, international schools and nurseries are NOT ALLOWED to operate except for those catering to the children of frontliners and parents who are both working. All private kindergartens and international schools and for expatriates are not allowed to operate.
- Long-distance married couples will no longer be able to apply for police permission letters to cross states or districts starting June 1 until June 28.
- Interstate and interdistrict travel are not allowed. Travel distance is now limited to a 10km radius. Travelling is only allowed for emergencies such as death and to seek medical treatment. Permission can be obtained directly from the police when stopped at roadblocks.
- Sports and recreational activities are limited to jogging and exercises that do not involve physical contact (at least 2 to 3 metres apart), and all activities are only allowed from 7 am to 8 pm.
- Prayer sessions at mosques and surau as well as non-Muslim houses of worship will be capped at 12 persons.
- There’s no curfew in place during the FMCO, however, Malaysians are urged not to go out after 8 pm.
All essential services will be operating from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm except for:
- Morning market: 6.00 am to 2.00 pm
- Wet Market (PST): 7.00 am to 12.00 noon.
- Pasar Tani Kekal (PTK), MyFarm Outlet (MFO) and Kompleks Pertubuhan Peladang Kawasan (PPK): 6.00 am to 4.00 pm.
- Wholesale market: 12.01 am to 6.00 am and 11.00 am to 4.00 pm
- Petrol stations: 6.00 am to 8.00 pm (Petrol stations on the highway can operate 24 hours)
Can I cycle during FMCO?
Cycling was initially prohibited when the SOP for FMCO first came out. However, it’s reported recently that cycling to work is permitted. That said, if you want to cycle for sports of recreational purpose, it is still a no during the full lockdown.
“I appeal to the public, follow the standard operating procedures (SOP), it is our responsibility to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Subang Jaya district police chief Assistant Commissioner of Police Abdul Khalid Othman
With the closure of the economic sector, prohibition of social activities, as well as the implementation of the Full Movement Control Order (FMCO) from June 1 to June 28 2021, we hope that the number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia will drop. Let’s do our part by staying at home and fight the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic together!
Can I jog during FMCO?
Since this is a full lockdown, only jogging and non-contact sports are allowed and you have to do it in open areas. While you’re jogging, make sure you are at least two to three metres apart from other joggers. And this activity is only allowed in the neighbourhood where the joggers reside. As with the other SOPs that had been announced, all activities are not allowed after 8pm, including jogging.
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