According to Bernama, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said yesterday (16 Dec) that the wearing of face masks is only compulsory at crowded public places.
This clarification comes after a viral social media report of an individual who was summoned for not wearing a face mask although he was alone in a public area.
Ismail admitted that there was still confusion on the wearing of face masks as part of the Covid-19 SOP, and noted that it is not necessary if one was alone and practised physical distancing.
“There are many public places including parks, but if you are alone there is no need to wear a mask because it is only compulsory in crowded public places. In crowded markets, buses and LRT, it is a must to wear face masks.
But if you are alone or there is physical distancing between those present, for example in restaurants, it is not necessary to wear masks. You can’t eat with your mask on,” he told a news conference on the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) yesterday.