PUTRAJAYA, May 1 2020: Almost all economic sectors, currently closed due to the movement control order (MCO), will be allowed to resume business, subject to conditions and standard operating procedure, starting Monday.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who made the announcement today said the decision was made after consulting the Health Ministry and discussions during the Economic Action Council, National Security Council and Cabinet Meeting.
“I am saying almost all because there will be industries and businesses that will not be allowed to operate.
“These are businesses that involves the presence of a lot of people where body contact and social distancing will be difficult to exercise,” he said in his Labour Day address.
Muhyiddin said the MCO imposed on businesses has dealt a significant blow to the nation’s economy.
He said that the government has been suffering RM2.4 billion in losses daily, adding that the losses to date are estimated at RM63 billion.
“I realise you are all worried. I am worried too, and in some nations too, when the lockdown ended, the number of Covid-19 positive cases increased exponentially. We must find ways to balance between healing the nation’s economy and addressing Covid-19,” said Muhyiddin.
“Based on advice from the Ministry of Health (MOH), and based on collected data, and the best practice guide stipulated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the government has decided to reopen economic sectors cautiously, by implementing stringent health standard operating procedures (SOPs), beginning May 4 (Monday),” he added.
The full list of businesses and activities that are still not going to be allowed can be obtained at the National Security Council website www.mkn.gov.my