It has been more than 8 months since interstate travel was prohibited and state borders remained closed. However, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has in the latest announcement said that interstate travel will once again be allowed once the country’s fully vaccinated rate of adults reaches 90%.
Not only that interstate travel is allow, but the Special Committee on Pandemic Management has agreed to the reopening of tourism hotspots and island nationwide too!
Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said the 90% target can be achieved in 2 or 3 weeks time.
“I believe many are eager to return to their hometowns and see their families after so long. I am confident that with these relaxations, we will be able to restore the country’s economic excellence soon.” he said on Facebook on yesterday (22 September).
Besides, Ismail Sabri said spas, wellness centres, and massage centres may resume operations starting 1 October.
However, this is provided that all customers and operators have completed their vaccinations.
Meanwhile, other tourist hotspots such as zoos, aquariums, snorkelling, dive centres, fishing tours, and ecoparks are allowed to operate under all phases of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) beginning 1 October, with the requirement of all operators and visitors are fully vaccinated.
Ismail added that sundry shops, mini markets, restaurants, petrol stations, and convenience stores will be allowed to operate from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. starting today, 23 September too.
In addition, businesses are now allowed to operate at 100% capacity, only if both employer and employees are all fully vaccinated.
As for the cost of RT-PCR testing, he said all foreigners arriving at international gateways will now have to bear the cost themselves, but it will be free for Malaysian citizens.
In his statement, he said that this achievement are made after the sacrifices we made during lockdowns, and he also hopes the easing of these restrictions will be made use by the people responsibly.
“Adhere to every standard operating procedure set, wear a face mask, practise physical distancing, and always maintain personal hygiene and safety.” he said.
As of Wednesday (22 September), 80.2% of all adults in Malaysia have completed their COVID-19 vaccinations, while 93.2% have at least received their first dose.
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Read the statement from Ismail Sabri here: