MCO 3.0: the government suppresses social activities

Under the latest MCO, residents are only allowed to move around the areas for the purpose of purchasing basic necessities, medical services and official government work. Social events such as weddings, reunions and retreats are prohibited. Crossing of districts and state borders is not permitted without police clearance. Sports and recreational activities may only be practiced for exercise and health purposes, and not for entertainment purposes.

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The six districts of Selangor State namely Hulu Langat, Petaling, Gombak, Klang, Kuala Langat and Sepang will be subject to the latest Movement Control Order (MCO). MCO protocols will also be applied in other parts of the country, such as Kelantan and five districts of Kedah state, The Edge reported.

Companies that will be licensed to operate under MCO 3.0 include:

  • Grocery stores and shops selling basic necessities can operate between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Gas stations can operate between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  • F&B stores can open between 6 a.m. and midnight
  • Daily and night markets can take place from 6am

Ramadan bazaars will continue to operate under strict SOPs, but Datuk Ismail warned that authorities can halt activities if necessary.

Joel C. Hicks