PM: Easing of more restrictions under RMCO

By S. Harrish

THE conditional movement control order (CMCO) will be replaced by a recovery MCO (RMCO), from June 10 to Aug 31.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced in a televised address that under the RMCO, interstate travel would be allowed except for areas under enhanced MCO and there would also be fewer restrictions on daily activities.

He said although the nation has managed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, all standard operating procedures (SOPs) currently in place will continue.

Under the RMCO, most commercial activities in business premises would now be allowed.

Similarly, museums will be allowed to reopen, and activities like indoor busking, recreational fishing activities including commercial fishing ponds, and filming will be allowed to resume.

Sports like bowling, badminton, archery and shooting will be allowed, along with outdoor group sports like kayaking and cycling convoys.

However, competitive sports and competitions that involve a gathering of supporters such as in stadiums and swimming in public pools are still barred.

Contact sports such as rugby, wrestling, boxing, football, basketball and hockey also remain off limits.

He said local tourism activities will also be allowed, although the country’s borders will remain closed.

Religious activities such as activities for Hari Raya Aidiladha will be allowed subject to SOP from authorities.

Muhyiddin said the education sector would also reopen in stages and the Education Ministry will advise on the reopening of schools in the nearest future.

However, premises such as pubs, night clubs, entertainment outlets, reflexology and karaoke centres will not be allowed to reopen.

Similarly, kenduris, open houses and other activities involving crowds will not be allowed.

He said if Covid-19 cases were to rise again, the government would not hesitate to reimpose conditions.