Malaysians who are fully-vaccinated can dine in, as well as participate in sports activities that require no physical contact with one another. Night and Sunday market owners are also permitted to operate.
Malaysia’s caretaker Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, on 19 August 2021 (Thursday), announced that fully-vaccinated individuals will be allowed to benefit from more social and economic activities in states across all phases of National Recovery Plan (NRP). This order will take effect from today (Friday, 20 August 2021).
“Today, I chaired a special session of the National Security Council (NSC) to discuss and consider proposals by the NSC Special Technical Committee to further expand social and economic sector activities, especially for Phase One of NPP,” PM Muhyiddin said.
The consideration made, he added, took account of the positive development of the rate of vaccination nationwide (which has exceeded 50%), as well as positive developments of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) in several territories such as Labuan, Sarawak, the Klang Valley states (Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya), and Negeri Sembilan.
Starting 20 August 2021, the fully-vaccinated individuals in states across all phases of NRP are allowed to:
- Dine-in, whether it is at restaurants, eateries, or clubhouses.
Business operators, PM Muhyiddin suggests, should provide more dining space outside the premises for better ventilation as “the risk of transmission of COVID-19 virus is significantly higher indoors than outdoors.”
Additionally, business operators must ensure that patrons show a COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate which shows that he has received a complete vaccination.
That said, the operation of dressing room or bathroom in the clubhouse is prohibited. “This is to avoid grouping after sports and reduce risk infection,” the Prime Minister explained.
- Engage in sports, recreation, and leisure activities (such as picnics) that have no physical contact, from 6pm to 10pm only, with social distancing in open and semi-open outdoor areas.
Some sports activities PM Muhyiddin shared included jogging, taichi, cycling, climbing, tennis (singles), badminton (singles), and golf.
Businesses that are allowed to operate
“The NSC Special Session also agreed to provide additional facilities in the trade and distribution sector for Phase One of NRP and beyond,” the Prime Minister said.
Effective 20 August 2021, the following businesses are allowed to operate:
- Night markets and
- Sunday markets
PM Muhyiddin added that the relevant enforcement authorities, as well as the owners of the premises must ensure that customers who enter the premises must show a COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate as proof of being fully-vaccinated.
On that note, he reminded Malaysians that to be considered fully-vaccinated, one must meet the following criteria:
- 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 requires one dose, must have passed 28 days from the date of their vaccination.