Based on an official statement by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Malaysia will go under movement controls or restrictions from 18 March until 31 March 2020 due to COVID-19. This is largely due to the rise in numbers of cases in the past few weeks globally and the recent mass gatherings locally.
First of all, no mass gatherings are allowed including those for religious, sports, social or cultural events. This means all places of worship and business will be closed except supermarkets, public markets and convenience stores. For Muslims in particular, Friday prayers will be postponed during this period.
Secondly, no one is coming in or going out of the country. Tourists coming in will be blocked while Malaysians are not allowed to leave, so better make your cancellations while you can. Locals who just came back from their trip abroad must self quarantine for 14 days and get themselves medically checked out.
The next restriction will definitely raise a cheer amongst school kids and a sigh of relief from some parents as all kindergartens, schools (both government and private) and educational institutions will be closed. No news whether this means extended school holidays or if online classes will be implemented, but the facilities are already available.
While all government and private offices are to be closed, ALL essential services will still be running. This includes water, electricity, energy, telecommunications, finances, banking, health, pharmacies, fire department, jails, ports, airports, security, defense, cleanliness, retail and food supply. So, don't go out and panic buy or worse, fight over toilet paper (everyone knows water spray or a cebok is better anyway, lol).
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