Except for school instructors and exam-year students, interstate and interdistrict travel would be prohibited in Phase Two of Movement Control under the National Recovery Plan (PPN), according to Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
“Interstate travel for long-distance couples is allowed for special and emergency cases only, subject to approval from the Royal Malaysia Police,” he said in a statement on the PPN Phase Two’s standard operating procedures (SOPs) .
Several economic activities in the manufacturing and distributive trade sectors will be permitted in Phase Two, according to him, with the manufacturing sector encompassing automotive (vehicles and components), ceramics, furniture manufacturers for export, rubber, steel, and metal, as well as cement.
“The distributive trade sector involves book and stationery shops, computer and telecommunications, electric products, car washes and hairdressers (basic haircuts only),” he said, adding that both sectors would be allowed to operate from 8 am till 8 pm.
Restaurants, eateries, food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, food courts, and food kiosks can continue to operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., according to him.
Farmers' markets and morning markets are allowed to operate from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Phase Two, but only for six commodities: vegetables, fruits, groceries, processed chicken, seafood, and meat. “Weekend and night markets are still prohibited from operating,” he stated.
During the PPN Phase Two, he added, all individual and non-physical contact sports and recreational activities are permitted.
Ismail Sabri explained the SOPs for Phase Three, saying that all economic activities are permitted to function with the exception of high-risk activities and those on the negative list, such as spas, beauty and health (pedicure and manicure) centres, pubs, and nightclubs.
Interdistrict travel will be permitted during Phase Three, but interstate travel will remain prohibited.
Restaurant dining will be permitted, but only for two people per table with physical separation, and the capacity of public transportation, such as taxis and e-hailing services, as well as private automobiles, will be expanded to three persons, including the driver.
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