Self-service laundromats allowed to operate, public parks remain closed

The initial decision to close self-service businesses is due to lack of supervision

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by BERNAMA

SELF-SERVICE laundromats within the reinstated Movement Control Order (MCO) 2.0 areas will be allowed to operate while public parks remain closed, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Ismail Sabri said the initial decision to close self-service businesses was due to lack of supervision.

“However, there have been various complaints from the public who want to use the services of self-service laundromats.

“After reviewing these complaints, the government has agreed to allow self-service laundry shops to operate in MCO areas, provided that a staff will be present throughout operating hours,” he said during the daily MCO briefing yesterday.

The staff will have to monitor the compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and ensure physical distancing is adhered to.

“Operational hours are allowed from 6am to 8pm,” he added.

Similarly, the government has allowed two persons per household to have leisure and sports activities such as jogging and cycling within neighbourhood park as public parks will remain closed in this MCO.

“I want to emphasise that public parks are closed in MCO areas and no sports activities are allowed there during the period,” he said, stressing that there were reports of overcrowding in these parks.

Meanwhile, the government has allowed NGOs to help victims of natural disasters, but they are required to apply for permission from the State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) or Area Disaster Management Committee (JPBD).

“Any NGOs that are looking to channel their funds and contributions will have to download the request form via www.nadma.gov.my and send the request via email to the JPBN and JPBD involved.

“The JPBN or JPBD will then distribute a permission letter which can be used to pass through roadblocks that have been set up by the Royal Malaysia Police,” he said.

Concurrently, NGOs are recommended to focus their activities to nearby areas or within the state to reduce interstate travel.

Two enhanced MCOs ended yesterday — Kluang Prison and its quarters, and Dewan Arena Segitiga in Johor.

Also, the Conditional MCO (CMCO) in Seremban, Penang, Batu Pahat and Johor Baru has ended, but these areas are required to comply with the respective state’s MCO.

On the first day of MCO 2.0, police detained 389 individuals for breaching the SOPs, with 371 compounded and 18 remanded.

The authorities have also mounted 267 roadblocks and detained 138 foreigners travelling without legal documents and six smugglers, while a water vehicle and 13 land vehicles were confiscated.

About 275 investigation papers on fake news have been opened as of yesterday, where 138 are undergoing investigations, 35 have been brought to court, 21 found guilty, 13 in the process of hearing and 12 warning notices have been issued.

At the same time, 420 clarifications have been made in regards to fake news to the public.

On Wednesday, 32 construction sites were inspected and six of them are no longer operating.

As of Tuesday, 142,009 foreign workers have undergone the Covid-19 screening tests involving 5,164 employers and 2,846 of them were found positive.


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MCO: Self-service laundromats to operate with supervision