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THE government will reduce the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) from the existing 181 to just one starting April 1, as the country transitions into the endemic phase.
Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the one SOP carries 10 requirements that will be continued to be enforced under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).
Hishammuddin said all 10 of these requirements are already commonly practised by the public throughout the National Recovery Plan phase.
“Therefore, I believe everyone can adhere to it,” he said in a statement yesterday.
The 10 requirements under the one SOP include wearing of face mask when in public, operation hours must adhere to the permit or licence, maintaining of hand hygiene, performing Covid-19 tests according to the National Testing Strategy, managing suspected or confirmed Covid-19 cases according to the Health Ministry’s guidelines, using MySejahtera and MySJTrace for admission registration, ensuring physical distancing of 1m, ensuring a good ventilation system, ensuring the cleanliness of premises and complying with the vaccination requirements for various activities.
Hishammuddin said there will also be nine guidelines on activities for the public to follow which will not be enforced, but the people are encouraged to adhere to them to reduce the risk of infection.
He added that each of the guidelines will explain how to conduct Covid-19 risk assessments and how to practice the SOP properly.
The nine guidelines cover activities related to transportation and travel; education and care; retail, food and beverage; closed workspaces; open workspaces; events, ceremonies, entertainment and tourist attractions; hotels and guest accommodations; religious events, weddings and funerals; and sports, recreation and leisure.
Hishammuddin said the SOP and nine guidelines of the “Transition to Endemicity” phase will be published online two weeks before April 1.