Phase Two allows more employees to work-from-office, as economic activities will be gradually eased to enable 80% of labour capacity on premises.

Sarawak will transition to Phase Two of Malaysia's National Recovery Plan (PPN) from 14 July 2021 (Wednesday) onwards, the National Security Council (MKN) has announced.

The state is the latest to transition after Perlis, Perak, Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu, and Sabah.

By transiting to Phase Two, it means that Sarawak has achieved an average daily case of COVID-19 of below 4,000 cases, with 10% of the population having received two doses of vaccine injections.

Further to that, “its public health system is no longer at a critical level, with the rate of ICU ward occupancy at moderate levels,” as previously indicated in Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s address on 15 June.

During Phase two of the National Recovery Plan, residents in Sarawak can expect the following, per the guidelines previously launched:

  • Economic activities will be gradually eased with 80% of labour capacity allowed on premises;
  • Social and cross-state activities will still not be allowed;
  • The positive list approach, where only listed sectors are allowed to operate, will be expanded into manufacturing and retail sectors (i.e electronics and computers). Those in textile manufacturing and furniture, for instance, will still not be allowed.

Detailed Phase Two SOPs here.

Further to Sarawak’s transition to Phase Two, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a Malaymail report, announced that residents are, however, still not allowed to dine-in at eateries.

As cited in the report, the decision was made by the committee "after finding out that the Delta variant of Covid-19 cases has been on the rise in Sarawak.”

“Therefore, dine-in is temporarily not allowed until the latest guidelines are issued by the ministry,” SDMC said in the report.

The committee also shared that more businesses will be allowed to operate as well as workplace capacity for private sectors will be increased from 30% to 50%.

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