Saturday, September 19

NSC releases list of non-essential services

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KUCHING: The National Security Council (NSC) has released a list of non-essential services allowed to be open or operated within certain limits during the movement control order (MCO) period.

According to the NCS media release yesterday, Attachment B – List of Non-Essential Services, vehicle maintenance or mechanic workshops are allowed to be open but to only operate at a minimal, while towing services are allowed to operate as usual.

Works on in-progress constructions and renovations for safety and security infrastructures are allowed only with permission from the Public Works Department (JKR) and the Department of Safety and Health (DOSH).

All religious events are prohibited except for funerals which should only be carried out with minimal participation.

Social and cultural events as well as domestic travels are strictly prohibited.

As for international travel, only Malaysian nationals coming back from overseas are allowed to enter the country but must adhere to the quarantine regulations.

Out-of-country travel is strictly prohibited for Malaysian nationals but allowed for non-citizens.

In relation to that, only non-citizens with diplomatic status, permanent resident status, or expatriates in essential services are allowed to enter the country, but must adhere to the quarantine regulations.

Malaysians who are working in Singapore, Thailand, Brunei and Indonesia crossing the border to go to work are refrained from doing so throughout the MCO period.

In Attachment A – List of Essential Services, banking, financial and stock exchange services are allowed to operate normally, but administration and management as well as over-the-counter services should operate minimally and if possible from home.

As for power and electricity, only administration and management should be carried out minimally or from home. Maintenance and operations can be carried out as usual.

For the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba), operations can be carried out normally but administration and management should be done minimally or from home.

Ports and airport services can operate normally but management and administration are to be done remotely from home or minimally.

Postal and courier services including delivery and over-the-counter services can operate as usual but management and administration should be done minimally or from home.

Prisons, temporary holding centres, immigration depots, narcotics rehabilitation centres and police lockups are to operate as usual but with visitations prohibited, while management and administration are to be carried out minimally or from home.

Fuel and lubricants businesses like petrol stations and production, storing, supply and distribution are allowed to operate as usual with management and administration to be done minimally or from home.

Health services like medical operations, hospitals, clinics, private and government pharmacies, registered traditional medicine shops, veterinary and dialysis centres are to operate normally with management and administration to be done minimally or from home.

Patient visitations to medical institutions are prohibited except for critical cases according to the Health Ministry.

Alternative medical centres are to be closed.

Waste management including sewage services are to operate as usual with management and administration done minimally or from home.

Broadcast and information services are to be carried out normally with administration and management to be done minimally or from home.

For telecommunications services, maintenance and operations, data centres and call centres can run normally with management and administration done minimally or from home. Over-the-counter services are prohibited.

Public transportation over land, air and sea including e-hailing services can operate normally with management and administration done minimally or from home.

Water services can operate normally with administration and management to be carried out at a minimum.

Government statutory bodies like public flights, Customs Department, Immigration Department, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Marine Department, Meteorological Department, printing, registration, and Road Transport Department are to operate as usual with administration and management at a minimum.

Security forces like the police and the Armed Forces are to operate normally but recruitment and training to be postponed, and management and administration to be done minimally.

Industries and businesses involving security and defense are allowed to operate as usual with management and administration to be done at a minimal level or from home.

Services on food production and distribution like supplying raw materials, packaging, delivery and drive-thru are allowed to operate normally except for dine-in. This is to be adhered to by restaurants, stalls, food trucks, food courts and hotel restaurants.

Retail shops selling essential items like groceries can operate and do delivery as usual, but to limit purchasing of items per family.

Night markets and ‘pasar tani’ are not allowed to open throughout the MCO period, but shopping malls can remain open only for sections of retail shops selling essential items like groceries and food items.

Hotels, homestays and lodgings can remain operational but guests must observe the quarantine regulation and can only order food through room service.

Hotels or any lodgings with recreational facilities such as swimming pools, bars, spa and gyms should keep them closed throughout the MCO period. Their kitchen can remain open only for room service or food delivery services.

Wildlife management such as parks and zoos can operate normally with management and administration to be done minimally or from home.

As for online services and e-commerce, all operations and transactions can be done normally.