Domestic tourism between RMCO states allowed

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by TMR FILE

TARGETED domestic tourism activities are now allowed starting today, but only between states under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.

“Individuals who are interested in travelling should use a travel agent registered with the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac).

“They can only use tourist vehicles registered with Motac, while private vehicles are not allowed. Travel agency companies need to get permission from the police for cross-state movements,” he said in a press conference yesterday.

In addition, the vehicles must continue their journey directly to the RMCO areas and they are not allowed to stop when passing through the Conditional MCO (CMCO) states.

On the topic of domestic tourism, he informed that Langkawi Island’s CMCO status has changed to RMCO starting today as it is now a green zone.

The work from home policy for public services and industry under the International Trade and Industry Ministry still applies even though all states are now under CMCO and RMCO, said Ismail Sabri.

He also stated that the government has agreed to allow the creative industry to organise live events and performances in hotel lounges, as well as filming outside the studio.

However, organisers must adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) including the number of spectators at the events and maintain physical distancing.

“Spectators’ attendance must be 50% of the capacity of the event space for CMCO states, while for the RMCO states, the attendance is according to the full capacity of the premises,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Enhanced MCO in Hostel Centennial, Kampung Acheh in Manjung, Perak, has ended today as scheduled.

A total of 269 individuals were arrested for violating the SOPs of the MCO and of that number, 251 were compounded and 18 remanded.

“Among the offences include failing to provide registration equipment to record customer details (85), no physical distancing (66), not wearing face mask (65), interstate crossing without permission (24), entertainment centre activities (14) and others (15),” said the minister.

On Ops Benteng, 29 illegal immigrants were detained and four boats and vehicles were seized. During the operation, the authorities also detected 79 boats in national waters.

A total of 586 individuals arrived at all international entrances and were sent to quarantine stations across the country.

Separately, Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Malaysia’s overall total of Covid-19 cases is 316,269, following 1,280 new daily cases yesterday.

Of the new cases, 1,278 were local transmissions and two were import cases.

“Selangor records the highest daily cases with 464 cases, followed by Johor (165) and Sarawak (163),” he said in a statement yesterday. A total of 2,345 patients have been discharged, bringing the total recoveries in the country to 296,379.

Currently, 18,704 active cases are being treated at health facilities nationwide. Of the total active cases, 155 patients were placed in the intensive care unit, while another 76 patients required respiratory aid.

Nine fatalities were reported yesterday, increasing the country’s death toll to 1,186.

“The death cases involved four cases in Selangor, and one case each in Kuala Lumpur, Terengganu, Perak, Sabah and Sarawak. Eight cases involved citizens and one case involved non-citizen,” he said.

The ministry also detected nine new clusters involving six work-place-related clusters, two community clusters and one from high-risk groups.