Interstate travel after 90% population fully vaccinated

by ASILA JALIL / pic by TMR FILE

THE government will allow interstate travel after 90% of the adult population have been fully vaccinated based on data and analysis by the Ministry of Health.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Special Committee on Pandemic Management agreed to open other holiday destinations and islands subject to the same requirement.

The committee also approved three states to move into the next phase under the National Recovery Plan (NRP) effective tomorrow. Negri Sembilan will move to Phase 4 and Pahang to Phase 3, while Johor will be in Phase 2.

“The transition is in accordance with the guidelines set under the NRP by taking into account the hospital admissions for symptomatic cases, intensive care unit beds’ utilisation rate, as well as the percentage of fully vaccinated individuals,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Other guidelines that received approval from the committee include the operation hours for convenience stores, minimarts, restaurants and petrol stations, which will be allowed to run from 6am until midnight effective today.

Spas, wellness centres and massage parlours will be opened to visitors and operators who are fully vaccinated starting Oct 1.

Tourism centres, premises and products such as zoos, aquariums, snorkelling activities and scuba diving will be allowed to resume operations in all states effective Oct 1, only for fully vaccinated operators and visitors.

Businesses are also allowed to operate with full capacity for fully vaccinated employers and staff.

The PM added that foreigners who arrive in the country via international entry will need to pay for their RT-PCR tests while the cost will be exempted for Malaysians.

“The government hopes the public can fully utilise the relaxation of rules in a disciplined and responsible manner,” he said.

On Tuesday, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said she had proposed to the Covid-19 Quartet Ministers Meeting for the reopening of Genting Highlands, Melaka and Tioman Island for tourists, following the success of the pilot travel bubble project in Langkawi.

Her ministry is said to be finalising the standard operating procedures for the new destinations, which will replicate the measures taken for the Langkawi travel bubble.

“Langkawi is a great example for us because we ensure swab tests are taken before departure via flight or ferry, which enables the authorities to prevent individuals who tested positive for Covid-19 from travelling,” she said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu had proposed the reopening of stadiums to the public to enable them to attend football matches or other sporting events.