In response to high local coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rates, the central government has decided to extend gathering movement protocols, termed the conditional movement control order (CMCO), in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Selangor State, until at least Nov. 9. The controls are more severe than related policies in most areas of Malaysia. Officials ban interdistrict travel, except for workers who present documents including work pass and consent letter from employers authorizing such travel. The government has also closed many entertainment venues, though most other economic activities are authorized to continue. Authorities continue to suspend educational institutions, places of worship, wedding receptions, as well as cultural, social, and sporting activities. Only two persons from each household can leave their homes at one time to obtain essential supplies. In addition to Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Selangor State, authorities have decided to impose the CMCO in Nilai, a town in western Negeri Sembilan State, from Oct. 28 to Nov. 10.
Authorities will continue to deploy additional security personnel and erect checkpoints and enforce the controls. Severe business and transport disruptions will likely occur in the affected localities during the movement restrictions. Officials may further 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 districts. 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.