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Deputy Health Minister: Govt will not issue summons for not wearing face mask

The government will not be issuing summons to any individual not wearing a face mask in public following the recent announcement by the Ministry of Health (KKM), says Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.

Dr Noor Azmi said that the use of face masks indoors was now also optional.

“The government will not impose the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) and will not take action against anyone.”

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“People are familiar with and understand public health and we are close to getting back to our normal lives, even social and economic activities have also been held and group gatherings have been allowed.”

“So, we need to take care of ourselves and practise new norms, including wearing a face mask if we have symptoms of Covid-19 and isolating ourselves in addition to making a report in the MySejahtera application,” he said, reported Bernama.

However, Dr Noor Azmi said the public is encouraged to continue to wear face masks in crowded places, and that it is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport and at all healthcare facilities.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Azmi said Malaysia is waiting for the declaration from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for countries to enter the endemic phase of Covid-19 due to the low number of infection cases recorded at the moment.

“We previously entered the transition to endemic phase because there were still reported cases of Covid-19 and there are things we still have to take care of and control,” he said.

On 7 September, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced the use of face masks in enclosed spaces is now optional. However, the use of face masks will still be compulsory when using public transportation and at medical institutions.

In addition, Khairy also said premise owners are allowed to impose face mask rulings on visitors to their premises, despite it being optional.

“However, the premise owner can decide if patrons need or don’t need to wear face masks.”

“If they ask you to wear one then you must adhere to their wish and they have the right to refuse your entry,” he said.

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