MCO: You can now shop in pairs

MCO Phase 4 Shopping in Pairs
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According to the federal gazette updated today, the government is allowing people to shop for daily necessities in pairs during the Movement Control Order, now in its fourth phase.

The previous ruling only allowed one representative of the household to go out and shop for groceries.

Under regulation 4 (1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (No. 4) Regulations 2020, it states that a person may move within a radius of not more than 10 kilometres from his residence to purchase food, medicine, dietary supplements, daily necessities or any other goods from any provider of essential services.

He may be accompanied by one family member staying in the same house.

Likewise, a person can go out to seek healthcare or medical services within a radius of not more than ten kilometres from his residence. He may be accompanied by any other person if reasonably necessary.

The new rules are in force until 12 May 2020, which is when phase four of the MCO will end.

Under the same regulation, a person can move from one place to another to perform any official duty, with condition, he produces an authorisation from his employer. This also applies to people who provide any essential services or perform duty in relation to essential services. Likewise, a person who wants to procure any essential services will need to provide necessary proof as requested by an authorised officer.

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For any interstate travel, limited to only special and particular reason requires prior written permission of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).

Separately, the government announced a loosening of travel restrictions specifically for city folk stranded in their hometowns before the MCO came into effect. They can apply for approval via the Gerak Malaysia app and if permission is granted, they can return home between 1-3 May 2020. More details in this post.

The government is also facilitating the movement of students from their campuses to their hometowns. Thousands have already been ferried home to date, and this exercise will continue until 10 May 2020.

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