Malaysia enacting movement controls throughout Sabah State through Oct. 26 due to COVID-19. Travel to and from Sabah banned through Oct. 25.
Alert Begins 13 Oct 2020 03:11 AM UTC
Alert Expires 26 Oct 2020 04:00 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Sabah State (map)
- Time Frame: Through at least Oct. 26
- Impact: Heightened security, business and transport disruptions
Malaysia's central government is imposing movement restrictions, termed the conditional movement control order (CMCO), throughout Sabah State until Oct. 26 due to high local coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Under CMCO, most public transport services will 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, entertainment venues, places of worship, wedding receptions, as well as cultural and sporting activities, will remain suspended. Only two persons from each household may leave their homes at a time to obtain essential supplies. The central government has also banned travel to and from Sabah State through Oct. 25; exemptions are in place for individuals traveling due to medical emergencies and people providing essential services, among others.
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. 25. 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.
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.