KPDNHEP allows more subsectors to reopen

All owners of business premises must ensure customers who enter the premises show their Covid-19 vaccination digital certificate


THE Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) yesterday has listed additional subsectors that are allowed to resume operations under Phases 1 and 2 of the National Recovery Plan.

Under Phase 1, the subsectors are car washes, electrical and electronics stores, home goods and kitchen equipment stores, furniture stores, sports equipment, car accessories, car distribution and sales centres, morning and farmers markets, clothing, fashion and accessories, jewellery stores and barber shops and beauty centres/ salons for basic barber and haircut services only.

Phase 2 includes photography stores and services, second-hand stores, florists and nurseries, handicraft and souvenir shops, antique shops, toy stores, carpet stores, creative content stores and creative industry equipment, outdoor equipment stores including camping, fishing and other equipment, cosmetics, skincare and perfume stores, and tobacco stores including vape and electronic cigarettes.

Last Sunday, caretaker Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the government has agreed to provide relaxation to 22 trade and distribution subsectors to re-operate effective Aug 16, provided the complete vaccination rate of the adult population in the state have reached at least 50% and individuals wishing to avail of the facilities must also have completed their vaccination.

In line with the reopening of these additional subsectors, KPDNHEP informed that all owners of business premises must ensure customers who enter the premises show their Covid-19 vaccination digital certificate as proof of completing their vaccination.

This is also to know if they have passed the period for the vaccines to developing into full immunity; 14 days for those that received two-dose vaccines such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sinovac, and 28 days for one-dose vaccines namely Johnson & Johnson and CanSino.

Meanwhile, companies under the distribution trade sector that are allowed to reoperate do not need to submit information on employees who have been fully vaccinated to operate.

The distribution trade subsector in Phase 2 states including Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, Penang and Sabah can reoperate without having to achieve a complete vaccination rate of 50% of the adult population in the state, said KPDNHEP.

“However, premise owners need to apply for permission to operate through the Centralised Information Management System (CIMS) at

“They can operate without having to wait for approval from KPDNHEP but all evidence of application through CIMS must be kept for evidence when required,” it added.