Yesterday (19 August), the Health Director-General, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah tweeted to remind Malaysians that the SOP relaxation and reopening of various places are done out of economic considerations and not because it is safe to do so.
In his tweet, he wrote “A reminder to all, many places are opening because of the economy and not because it is safe.”
“Please keep that in mind…”
The tweet was posted just a few hours after the caretaker Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin announced the SOP relaxations for the fully vaccinated individuals under the Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).
“Wear a face mask, two layers if possible, practice physical distance and wash your hands often.”
“Avoid crowded and cramped places. Stay safe and get vaccinated as soon as possible.” he said.
Earlier on last evening, the SOP relaxation in states under the Phase 1 of the NRP announced by Muhyiddin includes allowing dine-in at restaurants and eateries, where restaurants and eateries have a set of SOPs to comply with.
In addition, sports, recreation and leisure activities that do not require physical contact and night markets are allowed to operate too.
Muhyiddin added that the decision was made after the nation has achieved a certain immunisation coverage and the critical Covid-19 cases are beginning to show a downward trend and is expected to decline further.
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