KUALA LUMPUR – All business premises selling essential items must comply to the new business hours of 8.00am until 8.00pm during the Movement Control Order (MCO) from 1 until 14 April.
This encompasses premises selling daily necessities, restaurants, food premises, fuel stations and delivery services.
However, public transport including taxis and e-hailing are still allowed to be operated from 6.00am until 10.00pm.
According to Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the second phase of MCO which will begin tomorrow is stricter than its first phase.
“As we can see now, the supermarket and hypermarket operate until 10.00 pm, and some, until 12.00 am.
“Therefore, the operation hours will be tightened during this second phase.
“Although the second phase of MCO is different from the first, however, it still allow controlled movement. The shops are still opened, only it’s implementation is stricter.
“It is very different from the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) which we enforce in Simpang Renggam and Hulu Langat,” he said during a news conference today.
“Only one person is allowed in each vehicle.
“Recreational and social activities remain forbidden in both public and private places.
“This includes gated areas. The government does not want to differentiate the gated and non-gated areas. Our law is the same,” he added.
However, exemption is given to therapy activities for people with autism and disabilities (OKU).
Meanwhile, he also said that the government encourages commercial vehicles involving in essential items to go out between 7.00pm until 7.00am.
“They are encouraged to do so. This is not an order as we understand that some need to be on the road for a longer period due to long distance,” he said.
Restrictions enforced during the first phase of MCO such as at the houses of worship will be continued during the second phase of MCO. -MalaysiaGazette