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CMCO Until December 6th: What Can’t You Do Until Then?

today9 November 2020


As we launch into another phase of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), starting today, residents in all Peninsular Malaysia states – with the exception of Kelantan, Perlis and Pahang – will have to further limit their movements until December 6th. Those in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Sabah will also have to adhere to the SOPs (with Sabah under slightly different SOPs) as the CMCO has been extended for another 28 days. Sarawak, on the other hand, is facing a 14-day CMCO extension that will (for now) end on the 22nd of November. The latest announcements for extensions are not only longer than the last for the Peninsular (this time for a month), it also comes with more stringent rules. And if there is ambiguity over what exactly these rules are, we’ve gotchu!



Here is a list of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that need to be followed –


Activities that are ALLOWED during the CMCO



• Movement of residents from CMCO areas / across districts and states except with the permission of PDRM & allowed business/activities.

• Movement of residents from outside CMCO / cross-district and state areas other than allowed business/activities.

• ONLY TWO (2) people are ALLOWED to go out (including in a vehicle) as a representative of one (1) household for the purpose of buying / obtaining food supplies (including eating at restaurants / eateries / dine-in) / basic necessities and other requirements. High-risk individuals and children are not encouraged to go out into public, open and crowded areas.

• Vehicles carrying essential goods and services as well as chains of economic / industrial activities are ALLOWED to enter and exit (the CMCO area). The number of people allowed in the vehicle depends on the commercial vehicle registration license.

• For air travel through via airport, individuals need to obtain PDRM’s permission first.

• Public transport services such as buses, express buses, LRT / MRT / ERL / Monorail and taxis / e-hailing are ALLOWED to operate. Individuals who use public transport for cross-state / district purposes as well as for work purposes need to obtain PDRM’s permission.

•  Taxi / e-hailing service (maximum only two (2) passengers) and food delivery are ALLOWED to operate from 6.00 am to 12.00 midnight during the CMCO period.

•  Medical appointment cases are ALLOWED to move according to the capacity of the vehicle just by showing the letter or appointment card.

•  Movements that need to go through the CMCO area to other areas are ALLOWED but require permission from the nearest police station before making the trip. The number of passengers depends on the capacity of the vehicle.




•  Business / economy / industry is ALLOWED to operate as prescribed by the Government.

•  Supermarkets, Shopping Malls and Retail Stores are ALLOWED to operate according to the SOP set between 6.00 am to 10.00 pm.

•  Restaurants, shops / food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, circulating hawkers, food court / hawker center, roadside stalls / kiosks, grocery stores and convenience stores are ALLOWED to operate between 6.00 am to 10.00 pm.

•  Restaurants and eateries are ALLOWED to operate on a dine-in basis (LIMITED 2 – 4 PERSONS TO A TABLE WITH 1 METER DISTANCING BETWEEN CUSTOMERS), take away, delivery or drive-through in compliance with the Food Sector SOP (Business Premise, Non-Premises Hawkers, Indoor Markets and Retail/Sundry, Food & Beverage).

•  Daily market operations are between 6.00 am to 2.00 pm only with SOP compliance and supervision by the authorities.

•  Wholesale market operations are between 12.00 am to 5.00 pm only with SOP compliance and supervision by the authorities.

•  Farmers market operation is between 6.00 am to 12.00 noon with SOP compliance and supervision of RELA / Local authorities.

•  Night market operations are between 4.00 pm to 10.00 pm SOP compliance and supervision of RELA / Local authorities.

•  Pumping operating hours at petrol stations are between 6.00 am to 10.00 pm (except petrol station operations on the highway which are allowed to operate 24 hours).

•  Laundry operations are ALLOWED from 6.00 am to 10.00 pm.




•  Sports and recreational activities that do not involve physical contact (indoor and outdoor) and are carried out individually not exceeding 10 people such as walking, jogging, cycling, self-exercise, hiking, fishing and others in the CMCO area are only ALLOWED if compliant with the Sports & Recreation Sector SOP.

•  Activities at commercial football fields, gymnasiums, futsal courts and commercial badminton halls with premises are ALLOWED to operate from 6.00 am to 10.00 pm in compliance with the Sports & Recreation SOP.



Activities that are NOT allowed during the CMCO



• Movement in / out across the CMCO area is NOT ALLOWED. Only employees who have a valid employee pass OR a letter of authorization from the employer of the applicant is ALLOWED for the purpose of working and performing duties.



Social activities

• Weddings and engagements

• Formal and informal government and private functions

• Birthday or birthday celebration

• Vehicle feasts, akikah ceremonies, prayers for peace, tahlil and reunions.•

All seminars, workshops, conferences, and trainings.

• Live concert/event activities with the presence of spectators

• Nightclub activities, pubs, theme parks, indoor playgrounds, cinemas.




•  Sports activities such as swimming, physical contact or combat sports.

• Tournaments

• Picnics

• Sports events and competitions in the presence of spectators.



Schooling/ Meetings

• Public & Private Institutes of Higher Learning, Skills Training Institutes, tahfiz centers, schools, kindergartens, nurseries and childcare centers are closed during the CMCO period except for kindergartens and childcare centers for the care of children of frontliners and working parents / guardians with permission to operate by the relevant Ministry.

Exceptions: School students, Public and Private Institutions of Higher Learning who take tests or examinations with foreign institutions are ALLOWED to sit for examinations only and not for learning sessions.

• Face-to-face meetings of Government and private agencies involving the presence of representatives of external agencies are only conducted through video conferencing.

Exceptions: Face-to-face meetings are ONLY ALLOWED involving expatriates and C suites with physical distancing and wearing face masks / Internal meetings are ALLOWED in accordance with the PSD Circular / Instructions and MITI guidelines.



And there you have it folks! Let’s do our best to flatten the curve together by staying home unless absolutely necessary!





*Cover Image credits: Photo by Deva Darshan on Unsplash

Written by: Marissa Anne

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