PUTRAJAYA: Malaysian authorities are set to implement enhanced measures to better contain the spread of COVID-19, Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said on Monday (Mar 30).
Speaking at a press conference in Putrajaya, Mr Ismail Sabri, who is also defence minister, explained that these enhanced measures will kick in during phase two of the movement control order (MCO) from Apr 1 until Apr 14.
He said the measures include limiting operating hours for supermarkets, grocery shops, convenience stores and petrol stations between 8am and 8pm. Restaurants, which are only allowed to serve takeaways, will also have to comply with similar operating hours.
Moreover, he added that the prices of face masks being sold will be reduced from RM2 to RM1.50 to make them affordable for residents.
Mr Ismail Sabri also encouraged Malaysians to use delivery options to purchase their meals and groceries, but he warned that they should not meet the delivery riders.
“We suggest that the items to be delivered should be left on the doorstep or outside the fence, and the person who ordered be notified to collect them from there,” said Mr Ismail Sabri.
“We want to avoid face to face contact as that could lead to the spread of this virus,” he added.
Malaysia recently extended its movement control order until Apr 14 to try and contain the spread of COVID-19.
The order involves the closure of all government and private premises except for those providing essential services.
All houses of worship and business premises are also closed except for supermarkets, wet markets, grocery shops and convenience stores selling daily necessities.
The government has also called on the public to stay at home and avoid going out during the order period to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country.