December 7, 2022

Malaysia allows dine-in, outdoor sports and limited tourism

KUALA LUMPUR (Malay Mail) – The government has decided that those who have been fully…

KUALA LUMPUR (Malay Mail) – The government has decided that those who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be allowed to dine in again in states and federal territories that have already moved on to at least Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan, the prime minister announced yesterday.

In an announcement broadcast live on television, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said this dine-in is among benefits only for those who have fulfilled the criteria for full vaccination.

But he also advised the public to only dine in if required and still opt to take away if possible. This means that those who are fully vaccinated in Phase One locations still cannot dine in.

Muhyiddin however made it clear that the government’s definition of fully-vaccinated individuals is only for those who have passed a 14-day period after receiving the second dose for double-dose vaccines (Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sinovac) and those who have passed the 28th day from the day they were injected with single-dose vaccines (Johnson & Johnson and CanSino).

All the benefits for fully-vaccinated individuals will kick in today.

Muhyiddin said that dining-in poses a higher risk compared to other social activities, as the face masks would be taken off when one eats and chats with dining companions sitting at the same table and this exposes them to Covid-19 infection risks.

“In line with that, I wish to advise the public to dine in only when necessary and not take too much time. The public is also advised to take-away if the situation allows. Choose a premise that has good ventilation system and is open,” he said.

He said eatery owners must ensure that those who enter to dine in show their Covid-19 vaccination digital certificate to show that they have been fully vaccinated.

Muhyiddin said fully-vaccinated individuals are allowed the benefits of staying as travellers at homestays and hotels within the same state they are in, but with such homestay and hotel operators required to ensure that individuals must show their digital certificate proving that they have received full vaccination against Covid-19.

Those fully vaccinated in Phase Two and Phase Three states can enjoy non-contact sports that are not group sports such as jogging, exercising, taichi, cycling, skateboarding, fishing, equestrian, archery, hiking, tennis and badminton as single players, golf, motorsports in outdoor or semi-outdoor settings from 6am to 10pm.

Muhyiddin said those fully vaccinated can travel between districts in Phase Two and Phase Three states, but must show their Covid-19 vaccination digital certificate to security personnel at roadblocks to show their fully-vaccinated status.

Interdistrict and interstate travel is allowed nationwide in limited situations for fully-vaccinated individuals, namely long-distance married couples who are fully vaccinated and wish to meet their spouse and fully-vaccinated parents who want to meet their children aged 18 and below.

Both Muslim and non-Muslims who are fully vaccinated can go to their respective houses of worship, with this benefit applicable nationwide and not just in Phase Two and Phase Three locations, the prime minister said.

Muhyiddin however cautioned that the government’s granting of these benefits to fully-vaccinated individuals does not mean that the ongoing SOPs can be abandoned, pointing out that the benefits of dining in and sports carry a greater risk for an individual to be infected with Covid-19.