Updated List of MCO SOPs 

By Mei Kuan

Below are the latest standard operating procedures (SOPs) effective during the period of Movement Control Order (MCO) updated on January 23 as posted on the National Security Council Facebook page yesterday (January 24):

Movement Control

  1.  A permitted radius of no more than 10km or nearest to residence. Only 2 representatives of each household to be out for the purpose of obtaining daily essential supplies. A maximum of 3 only, inclusive of the patient, are allowed to be out for the purpose of obtaining treatment or medicines
  2. Students are allowed to be at boarding schools / universities / institutions and continue hybrid lessons
  3. Students and examination candidates are permitted to cross MCO / CMCO / RMCO areas with valid documents from the Ministry of Education
  4. Movement of teaching staff for the purpose of teaching and learning for classes involved in examinations are permitted with validation from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education
  5. Only 5 committee members are allowed for the purpose of managing mosque / surau and houses of worship (subjected to terms by the state government and state Islamic religion authorities)
  6. Movement into / out-and-in area placed under MCO for emergency cases such as natural disaster and death permitted after obtaining police permission
  7. Childcare centres and kindergartens are allowed to operate with permission from the relevant Ministry or agency
  8. Day care centres for the differently-abled (OKU), elderly, women etc are allowed to operate

Health Protocol

  1. Ensure that customers check in at premises using the MySejahtera app or manually write their name and contact number as well as undergo body temperature screening
  2. It is compulsory for staff, suppliers and customers to wear face masks correctly while at premises
  3. It is compulsory to wear face masks especially at crowded public settings
  4. Movement of customers in and out of premises with physical distancing of 1 metre

Essential Services

  1. Manufacturing, construction, services, trade and distribution and plantations and commodities – with registration with the relevant Ministry / agency 
  2. Movement of employees subject to registration / operation approval letter and worker pass / validation letter from employer
  3. Employers are responsible to classify categories to reduce the capacity of physically-present workforce

Operational Hours

  1. Sales of food: 6am till 10pm (restaurants, food shops / stalls, roadside stalls, food courts, food kiosks etc)
  2. Daily markets / Farmers’ market: 7am to 2pm
  3. Wholesale market: 12am – 6am, 11am – 4pm
  4. Grocery stores and convenience stores: 6am – 8pm
  5. Petrol stations: 6am – 10pm, 24 hours for those along highways
  6. Vet clinics and pet food shops: 6am – 8pm
  7. Hospitals, clinics and medical labs: 24 hours / in accordance with operation licence
  8. Pharmacies: 6am – 8pm
  9. Takeaways, drive-throughs, deliveries: 6am to 10pm
  10. Laundry and optical shops: 6am – 8pm

Negatives list

  1. Sports and recreational activities with the exception of jogging of no more than 2 around neighbourhood only. Solo cycling activity of no further than 10km from residence is allowed.
  2. Social functions
  3. Seminars, workshops, courses, trainings, conferences, talks and exhibitions
  4. Organisation of sports championship / competition
  5. Tourism activities out of / into MCO areas and at EMCO areas
  6. Inter-district and inter-state movement without police permission


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