A Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), in place until 31 August, has replaced the previous Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). Under the RMCO, restrictions have been further relaxed and interstate movement is allowed. Travel to eastern Malaysia from peninsular Malaysia can also resume with approval from the authorities. However, most foreigners are still banned from entering the country, while Malaysian citizens and residents continue to be prohibited from leaving.
The Malaysian Government is very keen to re-open trade to its pre-pandemic levels. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the easing of lockdown restrictions in the Movement Control Order. The change, now a "Conditional Movement Control Order", allows almost all economic sectors to open, with conditions.
The move came as a surprise to many, with confusion around the new rules. Public opinion on the shift is mixed, with some locals concerned the move is premature, while others have been out on the streets celebrating the end of what has been a very strict stay at home order.
According to Malaysia’s Finance Minister, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, nearly 70% of the workforce returned to work in various sectors in line with the reopening of the economy.
Most social, education, religious and business activities are allowed to resume in stages with strict standard operating protocols in place. Close contact sports and large religious processions remain prohibited. Similarly, entertainment venues, including bars and nightclubs, will also remain closed during this period. Interstate travel restrictions have been removed in all areas not under enhanced movement control order measures.
Markets across the country are now allowed to reopen. Further details on the relaxation of restrictions, specifically pertaining to the reopening of schools and resumption of some religious activities, are expected soon.
The Government of Malaysia has developed a COVID-19 self-monitoring app for citizens (MySejahtera). This app is directly linked to the local health services and can assist Malaysians to connect to the right health services at the right time.