Face masks no longer mandatory indoors but subject to premise owners’ discretion, says KJ

Khairy Jamaluddin

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Sept 7: The use of face masks is no longer mandatory indoors, effective immediately, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced today.

He said the wearing of face masks would only be compulsory when using public transportation such as buses, trains, planes, taxis, e-hailing vehicles as well as at hospitals and medical institutions.

However, Khairy said, property owners can impose face mask rulings on visitors to their premises.

“Since May 2022, it was a must to wear a mask indoors and in e-hailing. Based on current needs, we at the Ministry of Health want to announce that wearing face masks indoors is optional now.

“However, the owners of premises can decide if patrons need or don’t need to wear face masks.

“If they ask you to wear one then you must adhere to their wishes and they have the right to refuse your entry,” he said in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

The public has been required to compulsorily wear face masks indoors and outdoors since Aug 1, 2020. On May 1 this year, the ministry announced that face masks are optional during outdoors. — DayakDaily