PM Ismail Sabri Yaakob has said that the public health strategies and policies under the NRP have "shown positive effects and the benefits will be enjoyed by other states throughout Malaysia in the near future." Read on for a brief on what's allowed in Phases Four and Two.
Effective tomorrow (Thursday, 26 August 2021), the Federal Territory of Labuan will move from Phase Three to Phase Four of Malaysia's National Recovery Plan (NRP), while Negeri Sembilan will move from Phase One to Phase Two.
In a statement on Tuesday (24 August), Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the public health strategies and policies under the NRP have "shown positive effects and the benefits will be enjoyed by other states throughout Malaysia in the near future."
In Labuan, he shared, based on the two-dose complete vaccination rate under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program (PICK), the federal territory has achieved 92.4% cluster immunity for the adult population. "This is supported by data showing the trend of daily COVID-19 positive cases in Labuan which has declined to one digit consistently for 12 consecutive days.
"In fact, the bed utilisation rate in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Labuan has now dropped to zero compared to 30% in the previous month."
Thus the move to Phase Four, as determined by the National Security Council (MKN) and based on advice from the Ministry of Health (MOH).
In this Phase, among concessions made, residents of Labuan are to note the following:
- All economic sectors are allowed to operate with 100% employee capacity subject to the standard operating procedures (SOP) in force.
- Seminars, workshops, courses, and activities related to face-to-face meetings are allowed with a space capacity of 50%.
- Social gatherings such as feasts, celebrations, engagements, retreats, reunions and other social gatherings are allowed with a limit of 50% based on the capacity of the premises/ hall by practising physical distancing.
Meanwhile, PM Ismail has noted that for Negeri Sembilan, the condition of COVID-19 has also improved by showing a downward trend in ICU ward usage, from more than 120% capacity at the end of May, to less than 40% on Monday (23 August).
"This development is in line with the achievement of a higher vaccination rate of 72.3% of the adult population who have received two doses. This shows that Negeri Sembilan is on the right track to achieve cluster immunity targets in the near future."
In this regard, the state will be transitioning from Phase One to Phase Two, also decided by the MKN and on the advice of MOH.
SOPs for residents in the state include:
- Cross-district movement is allowed for individuals who have completed two doses of vaccine.
- Long-distance married couples are allowed across the state for the purpose of meeting their respective spouses, provided both have completed two doses of vaccine.
- Parents/ guardians who have children under the age of 18 and reside in other states are allowed across the state to meet, provided both parents/ guardians have completed two doses of vaccine.
- Prayer activities in mosques and suraus are allowed for individuals who have completed two doses of vaccine, subject to regulations and SOPs by the State Religious Authority. Religious activities in houses of worship of other religions, for individuals who have completed two doses of vaccine are subject to the ruling of the Ministry of National Unity.
- Only customers who have completed two doses of vaccine are allowed in restaurants, stalls and restaurant premises, while the owner of the premises must display a notice of acceptance of customers who have been fully vaccinated.
- Tourism activities are only allowed in the same state, provided individuals have received two doses of vaccine for those who want to stay in hotels and homestays.
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