KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 – The government has announced a list of pre-approved sectors that will be allowed to commence operations if the country finally moves into the second phase of the National Economic Recovery Plan (NRP) after extending the current phase indefinitely to meet the threshold. overrides adjust.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that a total of 11 sectors – manufacturing and trade – are allowed to operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in addition to the essential sectors approved by the National Security Council.
The six pre-approved sectors in the manufacturing category included automobiles (vehicles / components), ceramics, rubber, cement, steel and iron, and furniture (for export /).
Separately, the five pre-approved sectors in the commercial category included stationery and bookstores, computers and telecommunications, electrical appliances, car washes and hair salons.
“Based on health ministry risk assessments, the government will maintain the first phase of the NRP nationwide, as the Prime Minister announced today.
“This takes into account the current situation where we have not yet successfully transitioned from phase one to phase two, where our daily positive case chart shows a horizontal trend,” he said in a statement here.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today that the first phase of the NRP, which expires tomorrow, will be extended as the country’s Covid-19 infection numbers have not reached the set threshold.
Malaysia could not leave phase one until all three NRP indicators – new cases below 4,000 daily, “moderate” demand for intensive care capacities and 10 percent vaccination in the country – are met.
The country recorded 5,586 new Covid-19 cases today, still far from the threshold that would lift certain restrictions needed to get the economy back on track.
Regarding the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for each phase, Ismail Sabri said that travel between states and between counties will be restricted, with the exception of students and teachers traveling for the purpose of taking exams in the second phase .
He also said phase two travel exemptions could be granted to remote spouses, subject to police approval, for emergencies.
Other relaxations allowed during the second phase included non-contact sports and recreational activities and changed restaurant opening times, as announced today.
As for the third phase, Ismail Sabri will be allowed to engage in all economic activity, except three, which are listed as high risk sectors.
The three sectors were spa, pedicure and manicure, and entertainment options such as pubs and nightclubs.
In the third phase, travel restrictions will also be further relaxed, as travel within one’s own state for tourist purposes is permitted, with the exception of interstate travel, which is prohibited.
This latest MCO, called MCO 3.0 or “total lockdown”, was implemented on June 1st after new Covid-19 cases exceeded the 7,000 mark every day at the end of May.
It was then extended for another two weeks, from June 15th to June 28th.