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Health Alert: Malaysia, Updated COVID-Related Restrictions January 13-26

On January 11, 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced the implementation of a Movement Control Order from January 13 (12:01 am) until January 26 in the following states: Penang, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Labuan, Melaka, Johor, and Sabah (the “MCO Areas”)Full Standard Operating Procedures (“SOPs”) have not yet been released, but early guidance from the Malaysian authorities suggests that the following restrictions will be implemented within the MCO Areas:

  • Prohibition on interstate and inter-district travel;
  • Vehicular movement is limited to a 10-km radius from a person’s home; a maximum of two people per household are permitted to travel in the same vehicle at any one time for the purpose of buying essential items;
  • Roadblocks will be implemented;
  • Recreational activities are allowed outdoors and only among members of the same household; jogging is limited to two individuals at a time; cyclists are not allowed to ride in groups; group sports are prohibited;
  • Supermarkets, healthcare services, and banks will operate;
  • Social gatherings of any kind, including meetings, seminars, conferences and training are prohibited;
  • Religious gatherings are limited to a maximum of five at places of worship;
  • Restaurants and food stalls will operate for take-away and delivery only.

The SOPs for MCOs in force earlier this year required foreign nationals traveling across district or state borders to present a police authorization and, during certain periods, an Embassy travel letter. We do not yet have confirmation whether police authorization and/or Embassy travel letters will be required for inter-district or interstate travel during this MCO. If you are considering traveling across state or district borders, please consult with local police directly for specific guidance.

In addition, the Prime Minister announced the implementation of a Conditional Movement Control Order from January 13 (12:01 am) until January 26 in the following states: Pahang, Perak, Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan (the “CMCO Areas”). Full SOPs have not been released, but early guidance from the Malaysian Authorities suggests the following restrictions will be implemented within the CMCO Areas:

  • Prohibition on interstate travel;
  • Social gatherings of any kind, including meetings, seminars, conferences and training are prohibited;
  • Religious activities are permitted in accordance with SOPs to ensure physical distancing.

The entire country remains under a “Recovery Movement Control Order” (RMCO) through March 31, 2021.

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