Malaysia to enact stricter curbs in Papar, Sandakan, and Tuaran districts in Sabah Oct. 9-22. Travel to and from Sabah banned Oct. 12-25.
Alert Begins 08 Oct 2020 03:35 AM UTC
Alert Expires 25 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Sabah State (map)
- Time Frame: Through at least Oct. 25
- Impact: Heightened security, business and transport disruptions
Malaysia's central government will impose stricter curbs, termed the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in Papar, Sandakan, and Tuaran districts Oct. 9-22, due to high local coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Similar curbs are in place in Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, and Putatan districts in the northwestern part of the state through Oct. 20. Under CMCO, most public transport services cease operating. Taxis and ride-hailing services can operate 0600-2000 daily. Only essential businesses and services, including medical facilities, can operate on-site. Traditional markets may open 0600-1400, while food establishments and petrol stations can operate 0600-1800 daily. Nonessential businesses must allow employees to either telecommute or take leave from work. Educational institutions, night and wholesale markets, places of worship, as well as cultural and sporting activities remain suspended. Only two persons from each household may leave their homes at a time to obtain essential supplies.
Additionally, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Semporna, and Tawau districts in southeast Sabah are implementing the targeted enhanced movement control order (TEMCO), which is more severe than CMCO, through Oct. 12. Entry and exit restrictions are in effect for the localities; the measures also affect those who need to travel into or out of the districts for work. Only essential businesses and services can operate on-site.
The central government will also ban travel to and from Sabah State, Oct. 12-25. Individuals traveling due to medical emergencies and people providing essential services will be exempt from the travel restrictions. In addition to the planned inter-state travel restrictions, additional controls are being imposed in several districts in Sabah's southeast and northwest.
Authorities have deployed additional security personnel and erect checkpoints across Sabah State, especially the areas implementing stricter protocols, to enforce the controls. Severe business and transport disruptions are likely in the affected districts during the movement restrictions. Officials may expand or extend the measures if local COVID-19 activity remains high.
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in the affected area. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.
Location(s) affected by this alert
- KOTA KINABALU*