Covid update in Malaysia: restricted movement order

Malaysia has called for an international lockdown and a domestic restricted movement order from 18th to 31st March 2020. This is to flatten the curve by slowing down the spread of the virus through social distancing.

First, the general prohibition of mass movements and gatherings across the country including religious, sports, social and cultural activities. To enforce this prohibition, all houses of worship and business premises should be closed, except for supermarkets, public markets, grocery stores and convenience stores selling everyday necessities. Specifically for Muslims, the adjournment of all religious activities in mosques and mosques including Friday prayers is in line with the decision of the Special Mental Health Committee meeting on March 15, 2020.

Secondly, the sanctions cover all Malaysians traveling abroad. For those who have just returned from overseas, they are required to undergo a health check and to do a quarantine (or self quarantine) for 14 days;

Third, restrictions on the entry of all tourists and foreign visitors into the country;

Fourth, closure of all kindergartens, government and private schools including daily schools, boarding schools, international schools, tahfiz centers and other primary, secondary and pre-university institutions;

Fifth, the closure of all public and private higher education institutions (IPTs) and skills training institutes nationwide; and

Sixth, the closure of all government and private premises except those involved in essential services (water, electricity, energy, telecommunications, postal, transportation, irrigation, oil, gas, fuel, lubricants, broadcasting, finance, banking, health, pharmacy, fire, prison, port, airport, safety, defense, cleaning, retail and food supply.

Stay calm, stay safe and stay home, our friends ❤️🌹❤️🌹

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Remember to wash your hands 👐

7 Comments Add yours

  1. hcyip says:

    Malaysia sure is taking very tough measures, even banning its people from going overseas. I hope the authorities can contain the coronavirus. Stay safe and healthy.


    1. Thank you. I guess it doesn’t make sense to have just an outflow cos flights will be affected by the numbers anyway and naturally cancel. You too stay safe and stay home 🏡


      1. hcyip says:

        You’re right; this guards against people going abroad and then coming back infected. People should also not be traveling abroad, especially on holidays. In Taiwan, there have been a lot of “imported” cases recently, including people who went on tour groups (even at this time)! Taiwan has also barred teachers, medical workers and soldiers from going abroad.


      2. It’s going to be challenging time for everyone. I think we will be changed after this, for the better i pray. Stay safe ❤️

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  2. Tucson, Arizona is shutting down in stages, but schools are still open…for now.

    Stay safe and keep smiling. 🙂


    1. It’s havoc here. The shutdown has created more mass gatherings at supermarkets and people returning to their home states bringing the potential virus back to their communities. I fear this could be a bad idea. People are irrational in times of panic. Stay home and stay well my friend 🌹

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      1. The “hurry up and panic” mentality is ruling the day…and I get that. Fear is the ultimate motivator.

        The economic repercussions of the coronavirus will be felt for years to come yet the world will rebound and go on. But we can’t replace the lives lost, and unless the loss is someone close to you, it’s something too many of us forget too quickly. Stay safe, my friend.


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