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Recovery MCO: Interstate travel allowed

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The Movement Control Order (MCO) moves into a new phase starting tomorrow. As the Conditional MCO (CMCO) officially comes to an end on 9 June, the Recovery MCO (RMCO) comes into effect starting 10 June until 31 August 2020.

The RMCO sees the government further loosening restrictions on business, economic sectors and social activities. Since implementing the MCO in March, Malaysia has successfully flattened the curve and contained the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the country isn’t entirely out of the woods yet, the healthcare system has ample capacity to cope with recovery rates at 80 per cent, one of the highest in the world. Positive cases continue to be in the double digits, consisting of both import cases and domestic infections.

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The RMCO further sees the government empowering businesses and the people to adhere to standard operating procedure (SOP) outlined by the authorities, as well as practicing social distancing and personal hygiene.

Interstate travel, long prohibited to curb the spread of the disease, is now allowed with exception of areas under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO). People who wish to return to their hometowns to visit their parents can now do so.

As senior citizens are most susceptible to infection, it is crucial to observe good hygiene. Travellers are advised to practice good hygiene, wear face masks at all times in public places and avoid crowded places when they are back in their hometowns.

Our international borders continue to be closed. The government, however, encourages local tourism as it attempts to revive the economy. The tourism and travel industry have been hard hit by the pandemic.

Consequently, the government’s MYR35 billion short-term Penjana Economic Recovery Plan is designed to nurse the country’s economy back into health as it goes through the recovery phase.

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