Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yakoob earlier announced that all premises including Ramadhan bazaars that are listed under the Hotspot Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) system will be ordered to close for three days, effective immediately. The system’s list of high-risk locations, which serves as an preventive measure to prevent further spreading of the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia, was released to the public earlier today via various sources, including the National Security Council’s (MKN) Telegram channel and the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Twitter account.
Enforcement activities for all premises will be monitored by police, armed forces, the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry as well as local authorities, he added. The minister also revealed that all Ramadhan and Aidilfitri bazaars in areas under the Movement Control Order (MCO) will be closed from Monday.
In addition, Ismail Sabri noted that individual sport and recreational activities, as well as non-contact sports with compliance to physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres in open spaces are still allowed for health purposes. “At the moment, the government is studying the standard operating procedures (SOP) and if the daily cases continue to rise, the government will obtain the advice as well as risk assessment of the Health Ministry to enable the SOP to be tightened,” he said.
As a quick recap, locations listed under MCO includes the entire state of Kelantan, the areas of Gali and Tras in Pahang, the areas of Hulu Langat, Petaling, Gombak, Klang, Kuala Langat and Sepang in Selangor, and also Kuala Lumpur. Meanwhile, the locations under CMCO currently includes the areas of Kuala Selangor, Sabak Bernam and Hulu Selangor in the state of Selangor, Raub in Pahang, and the entire states of Penang, Johor, Sarawak and Sabah. Those under RMCO are the other areas within the state of Pahang, and the entire states of Kedah, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Perlis, Terengganu, as well as the federal territories of Putrajaya and Labuan.