RCMO extended nationwide till March 31

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

KUCHING, Jan 1: The Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) throughout the country has been extended until March 31.

Following this announcement by the Federal Government, State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) informed that all existing standard operating procedures (SOP) imposed in 2020 including entry to Sarawak will also be applied and extended until March 31.

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, through a statement today, emphasised that the decision was made following the risk assessment conducted by the Ministry of Health (MOH) which found there was still a significant rise in Covid-19 cases nationwide, with a high infectivity rate.

“This order has been gazetted in the Federal Government Gazette. The increase in the number of cases has been contributed by the implementation of compulsory screening on foreign workers carried out on a large scale, as well as the spread of infection within the community, especially in the Klang Valley and several states,” he said.

Ismail Sabri reminded that all SOP under the RMCO will apply during the period, and are subject to changes that will be announced from time to time.

He added that activities at pubs and nightclubs except for restaurant business at these premises were still prohibited during this period, while activities involving large crowds which made it difficult to implement physical distancing were also not allowed.

“Tourism activities would be based on the announcement by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) previously, but they must comply with strict SOP,” he explained. – DayakDaily