Wearing of face masks compulsory only in crowded public places – Ismail Sabri


The wearing of face masks is only compulsory in crowded public places and on public transport and not in areas where physical distancing is possible, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said crowded public places include markets, pasar tani (farmers’ market), night markets, supermarkets, tourist areas and cinemas.

The wearing of face masks is also not compulsory in private vehicles and when doing physical activities, he said.

“Yesterday, there were viral social media reports saying action had been taken against people for not wearing masks in private vehicles; this is not true. Private vehicles are not public transport. If you are travelling with family members or colleagues (in private vehicles), no action will be taken.

“As for public places, no mask is needed where physical distancing is possible, for example on a football field. The wearing of face masks in wide spaces is not compulsory but encouraged,” he told a news conference on the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) at Parliament building here today.