Sports fans can return to stadiums from April 1

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE government has allowed spectators at stadiums or sports venues with the conditions that they comply strictly with the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this authorisation will take effect on April 1 with two football matches in the Malaysian Football League as a trial to assess the effectiveness of the spectator management protocol.

“Only 10% of spectator capacity or 2,000 people (whichever is lower) are allowed in Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) areas, while for Recovery MCO (RMCO) areas, 25% of spectator capacity or 8,000 people are allowed.

When asked if interstate travels will be allowed during Ramadhan due to other relaxations including terawih prayers and Ramadhan bazaars, the minister replied that the matter will be under the purview of the Health Ministry (MoH) as interstate crossing is one of the contributors to Covid-19 clusters.

“There are 32 clusters due to interstate crossing. Sarawak and Kelantan are examples of green zones turning into red zones due to interstate crossing.

“Due to this, MoH views the matter seriously. However, the important thing is that we adhere to the SOPs and hope that cases will decrease faster than we expect,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Enhanced MCO (EMCO) will be enforced at the YTY Factory and workers’ hostels in Lekir, Setiawan, Perak, starting today until April 1, 2021.

The EMCO at the Henry Gurney School in Telok Mas, Melaka will be extended from March 20 to April 2, 2021.

A total of 58 individuals were arrested on Wednesday for flaunting the SOPs of the MCO and of that number, 54 were compounded while four were remanded.

“Among the offences include entertainment centre activities (39), failing to provide registration equipment to record customer details (11), not wearing face mask (four), interstate and inter-district crossing without permission (three) and others (one),” Ismail Sabri said.

Separately, the number of daily Covid-19 recoveries continued to exceed the new cases by 1,503 against 1,213 yesterday.

The cumulative recoveries and new cases now stand at 312,461 and 328,466 respectively. Of the new cases, 1,207 were locally transmitted and six were imported.

Selangor continued to record the highest number with 353 new cases, followed by Sarawak (303) and Johor (142).

Currently, 14,782 active cases are being treated at health facilities nationwide. Around 155 patients are placed in the intensive care unit, while another 54 patients require respiratory aid.

Three more deaths involving citizens were reported, bringing the total death toll to 1,223.

Nine new clusters were identified involving workplaces, communities and detention centres.


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