‘4-in-a-car’ rule to continue during recovery MCO period

The limit on the number of passengers per vehicle will remain throughout the RMCO period which begins today.

PUTRAJAYA: Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob says the number of people allowed to travel in the same car during the recovery movement control order (RMCO) period will remain unchanged at four or depending on the vehicle capacity.

He also said the individuals travelling together must be from the same household.

“It is four passengers or depending on the capacity of the vehicle. That remains. We will announce if there are any changes,” he said at his daily briefing on the Covid-19 situation here today.

The RMCO, which began today, will continue until Aug 31.

When asked why those travelling from the peninsula would need to undergo a swab test to enter Sabah and Sarawak, he said it was a requirement set by the states as individuals would be confined in a flight for several hours.

He said they could also undergo the test at a private clinic before boarding their flights.

As for food delivery services which were only allowed to operate until 10pm during the conditional MCO (CMCO) period, Ismail said they would now be allowed to follow the same operating hours as restaurants, that is until midnight.

He added that there would be no further roadblocks for interstate travel, although checks will still be held to monitor borders and alternative routes used for illegal entry.

Adding that traffic on highways and main roads has been smooth, he said authorities expect a buildup in traffic from June 14 to 16 as people may return to their home towns to be with their families.

He said the police, army and others in a task force would check on companies to ensure that standard operating procedures (SOPs) such as social distancing measures are kept.

Yesterday, police detained 26 people at roadblocks for breaching various SOPs, one of whom is out on police bail and 57 of whom have been issued compounds.

A hundred and twenty four Malaysians also returned home yesterday and underwent one day of quarantine.

From today onwards, those returning home will no longer be required to undergo the 14-day isolation period. Instead, they will be screened for Covid-19 at the immigration counters. Those who test negative will be allowed to go home, although they must download the MySejahtera app to allow authorities to keep track of their movements.

Ismail said those who flout the SOPs will be issued compounds of RM1,000 or charged in court.

A total of 51,422 Malaysians have returned home since April 2 with 42,817 undergoing the 14-day quarantine. The remaining 8,381 will return home today.

Checks have been carried out on 1,262 construction sites nationwide, with 1,555 sites found to have followed SOPs.

A total of 13 sites have been shut down while 5,366 have yet to resume operations.

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