PM warned the public to brace themselves for this situation which could drag for a few more months
by ASILA JALIL/ pic by TMR FILE
PUTRAJAYA has decided to extend the Movement Control Order (MCO) for another two weeks in a bid to flatten the curve of the Covid-19 outbreak in the country and ensure health workers have the space to combat the spread of the virus.
Below are some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the third phase of the MCO.
How Long is the Extension?
Under Phase 3, the MCO is extended for another two weeks beginning April 15 until April 28. Prime Minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin warned the public to brace themselves for this situation which could drag for a few more months before the outbreak can be fully contained.
What Happens to School Sessions?
School sessions will be postponed and the Education Ministry has been told to implement home-based learning sessions until schools are allowed to reopen.
What are the Additional Sectors Allowed to Operate?
In a list provided by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, the following sectors are allowed to operate while the MCO is in place:
a) automotive industry (limited to exports of completely built-up, parts and components, as well as after-sale services such as maintenance).
b) machinery and equipment industry.
c) aerospace industry.
d) construction projects and services related to construction works:
- projects whereby the main contractors are of G1-G2 classes.
- projects that have achieved physical progress of 90% and above.
- tunnelling works.
- maintenance works.
- sloping works.
- emergency works that are consequent to contractual obligations.
- maintenance, cleaning and drying of stagnant water, spraying of pesticides at construction sites which prevent the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes and other pests.
- other works that if left incomplete may result in danger.
- building projects with 70 IBS (industrialised building system) score and above.
- construction projects with accommodation facilities for workers, such as centralised quarters for workers or workers’ camp.
- professional services related to the construction industry, including architects, engineers, town planners, land surveyors, quantity surveyors, projects manager, facility managers and relevant services.
e) science, professional and technical services, including research and development (R&D) (services incidental to legal practice, oil and gas, Covid-19 and testing labs).
f) social health services, including registered traditional and complementary medicine practitioners.
g) hardware shops, electrical and electronics shops, and optometrists in the wholesale and retail industry.
h) barber shops (haircuts only).
i) full-service laundries.
However, Health DG Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said services such as barber shops should delay in resuming their operations as the public should maintain social distancing practices and avoid social gatherings under the third phase.
Are Students of Higher Learning Institutions Allowed to Return to Their Home States?
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Health Ministry will look into the matter to see if they can return home during the period as there are 80,000 students nationwide living on campus, excluding those renting outside of campus. He said there is a risk of these students getting infected or infecting others if they are allowed to return home.
Can the Public Go Out?
Malaysians are required to stay at home, but are still allowed to go out to get essential supplies.
What Happens to Violators?
Police will issue compound notices for violators which come with a RM1,000 fine.