The health minister, Dr Zaliha Mustafa, said that people won’t have to wear face masks on public transport or in hospitals after July 5. But they are still required for people who have Covid-19 and for health care workers who follow procedures for preventing infections. People who are at a high risk, such as those in crowded or poorly ventilated places, those with signs of a respiratory illness, and people who take public transportation, are strongly encouraged to wear masks. The minister announced these less strict Covid-19 rules today.
Also, starting July 5, the quarantine period for Covid-19 patients will go from seven days after the first sign of illness to five. Dr. Zaliha also extended Malaysia’s status as an infected area until December 31, even though the situation with Covid-19 has gotten better. This was done under the Prevention of Infectious Diseases Act. This extension is meant to deal with the possibility that new types and subtypes of Covid-19 could appear in Malaysia. Also, the upcoming Aidiladha celebrations and state elections could bring a lot of people together, which could lead to an increase in cases and put a strain on the public health system if preventive measures are not taken. The health ministry will continue to keep a close eye on Covid-19 and respond quickly to any changes that are reported, if needed.
PUTRAJAYA, 16 March 2020: The Malaysian Government has announced a
Movement Control Order, which will be in effect from 18 March 2020 to 31
Departures in and out of the airports are going on as usual (with exceptions to existing restrictions on flight routes such as Wuhan, China) with restrictions being placed on the people travelling rather than the flight itself. More information here.
Can I use Grab and LRT?
The answer is yes. On top of Grab and LRT, you can use all other existing public transport options. Employees for transport service providers are also allowed to continue working as they are categorised as essential services.
COVID-19 Movement Control Order: How International Travellers Are Affected
Malaysians departing out of Malaysia: All Malaysians are barred from exiting the country, regardless of the reasons. The Malaysians working in Singapore are also affected by the ban.
Malaysians returning to Malaysia from overseas: There is no restriction for them.
Foreigners entering Malaysia:
All foreigners are barred from entering Malaysia throughout the MCO
period, except those who are working in essential services.
Foreigners exiting Malaysia:
Foreigners are allowed to exit from Malaysia as long as they are
permitted to be onboard airplanes and receive immigration clearance.
Passengers are advised to check with Malaysian Ministry of Health
for more information about COVID-19. More information about COVID-19
Movement Control Order can be found on Majlis Keselamatan Negara
(National Security Council) Facebook page.