The Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has just announced a list of activities and businesses that were allowed to resume operations under the Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), with effective tomorrow (16 August).
According to the statement, those who wish to resume their business must have been fully vaccinated, and one is only considered as fully vaccinated if it is 14 days after receiving the second dose vaccine. This applies to all kinds of vaccine, be it Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac.
The 11 types of businesses include:
- Car wash services
- Electrical and electronic goods sales
- The sale of home and kitchen appliances
- Furniture sales
- The sale of sports equipment
- Car accessory sales
- Car dealerships
- Sales centres
- Morning markets and Farmers markets
- Jewellery stores and
- Hair salons and beauty centres, limited to basic hair cutting services.
In addition, the government added that there will be additional SOPs for the clothing, fashion and accessory stores, jewellery stores and hair salons businesses.
Among the SOPs implemented include the wearing of gloves, the limiting of time between workers and customers and no usage of fitting rooms.
“Only those with complete digital vaccination certificates are allowed to access these businesses for their services.” Muhyiddin said.
Apart from businesses that were allowed to resume operations, Muhyiddin added that all parks in Phase 1 will be allowed to open for jogging, cycling and exercising but citizens are reminded to comply strictly with the SOP. There will be no crossing of borders allowed too.
As for the non-essential industries, Muhyiddin said that manufacturing, construction, mining and quarrying will be allowed to resume operating again starting 16 August in all phases, but subject to the vaccination rate of their staff.
“The operating capacity, however, will be based on the percentage of employees vaccinated.”
“Those with 80% to 100% vaccination rate can operate fully. Those with 60% to 79% vaccination rate can operate at 80% capacity and those with 40% to 59% vaccination rate can operate at 60% capacity.”
These relaxations will be applied with the condition that 50% of the adults in the states will have to complete their vaccination and those who will be accessing the benefits have completed their vaccination.
Muhyiddin said that the decision for the relaxation comes after the promising reports from the Ministry of Health that shows that the vaccination had been effective in reducing the number of patients at emergency wards in Klang Valley.
In addition, there were no reported cases in Labuan yesterday (14 August) too.
Meanwhile, Muhyiddin said an additional 11 economic sectors that are allowed to resume operations in Phase 2 of the NRP, and they are:
- Photo and photo services shops
- Used goods shops
- Florists and nurseries
- Crafts and souvenir shops
- Antique shops
- Toy shops
- Carpet shops
- Creative content and creative industry accessories shops
- Outdoor gadget shops
- Cosmetic, skincare and perfume shops
- Tobacco shops including those selling vapes and e-cigarettes
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