Fully-vaccinated individuals in Phase Two and beyond of the National Recovery Plan will be able to dine-in, exercise outdoors (individually), take part in prayer activities, and more, but cross-state travel remains banned (with some exceptions).

Individuals in Malaysia who have completed their vaccinations will now be eligible for selected facilities/activities, effective today (Tuesday, 10 August 2021).

In a Facebook post announcing this on Saturday (8 August), Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin shared a series of infographics explaining what this means – who is counted as fully vaccinated, what is applicable to each phase of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), and more, as detailed below:

Current phases of each Malaysian state

Phase One

  • Johor
  • Kedah
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Melaka
  • Negeri Sembilan
  • Putrajaya
  • Selangor

Phase Two

  • Kelantan
  • Perak
  • Pahang
  • Penang
  • Sabah
  • Terengganu

Phase Three

  • Labuan
  • Perlis
  • Sarawak

What it means to be "fully vaccinated"

Per PM Muhyiddin's update, to be fully vaccinated, the following applies:

  • Individuals who have taken the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccines, which require two doses, must have passed 14 days from the date of their second vaccination.
  • Individuals who have taken the Johnson & Johnson or CanSino vaccines, which require one dose, must have passed 28 days from the date of their vaccination.

Per the Special Committee on Ensuring Access to COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV)'s update, as at 11.59pm on Monday, 9 August, 187,495 people have received their first dose of vaccination, while 278,298 have completed their second dose. Of the adult population, 68.2% have completed their first dose, while 38.7% have completed their second, JKJAV noted.

Facilities that apply to all phases

The following will be in place for fully vaccinated individuals across all phases of the NRP, effective 10 August:

  • Mandatory quarantine at home for citizen and non-citizen travellers who have a residence in Malaysia, including PRs and Malaysia MYSecond Home members who return or arrive from abroad.
  • Cross-country/state travel for parents to meet their children under 18 years old. These individuals must apply for permission from the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).
  • Prayer activities are allowed in mosques and suraus, only for fully vaccinated congregations. Mosques and suraus must ensure that SOPs are complied with, including physical distancing and the wearing of face masks. These facilities are subject to the respective State Religious Authorities' updates.
  • Prayer activities are allowed in houses of worship for non-Muslims who have been fully vaccinated. The implementation of this facility is subject to the Ministry of National Unity's updates.

Facilities that apply to states in Phase Two and beyond 

The following should be noted for states in Phase Two and beyond:

  • Dine-in activities are allowed for fully vaccinated customers.
  • Couples who have been fully vaccinated can bring children aged 17 and under, with SOP compliance.
  • The number of customers allowed at one table is only at 50% of its capacity, in adherence to physical distancing.
  • Table layouts must be done with safe distancing, and a good ventilation system.
  • Owners must display at the entrance of the premises the number of employees who have been completely vaccinated.
  • Only accept fully-vaccinated customers for dine-in purposes.
  • Cross-state is still not allowed.
  • Individuals must present their The COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate, as proof of completed vaccination, to safety personnel at roadblocks.
  • Domestic tourism activities are allowed, involving homestays and hotels.
    • Operators and visitors must be fully vaccinated.
    • Operators need to ensure visitors wishing to enter the premises have complete vaccination evidence.
  • Sports and leisure activities without physical contact and groups (outdoor) are allowed, such as jogging, taichi, cycling, fishing, hiking, golf, motoring, tennis (singles) and the likes.
    • Ensure physical distancing, and that the activities are carried out in open / semi-open areas, from 6am to 10pm.
  • The operation of open and semi-open commercial sports and recreational facilities is permitted, with compliance with 60% of the area utilisation capacity.
    • Employee attendance is subject to 60% of the workforce, covering management and operations.
    • Operating hours from 6am to 10pm.

In a separate update, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, National Recovery Plan (PPN) Coordinating Minister, has shared that the re-opening of business sectors, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), needs to be decided based on the risk of COVID-19 infection in each sector.

According to Bernama's report on 7 August, cited on the Ministry of Finance's website, Tengku Zafrul, who is also Minister of Finance,, said this re-opening "needed to be assessed based on science and data, adding that sector-based risk analysis alone may produce inconsistent results."

More updates on this are expected this week, following a meeting of the National Security Council.

Photo / PM Muhyiddin's Facebook post 

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