Malaysia’s Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced at Putrajaya earlier today that operating hours for both supermarkets and eateries alike will be limited from 8am to 8pm come this 1st of April. Additionally, food-delivery services and petrol stations will also be subjected to these operating hours.
According to The Star, he was quoted at the daily Covid-19 press conference noting how “currently, we find that some supermarkets operate until midnight”. As a means of preventing that, these stricter business hours have been implemented to further reduce and control the spread of Coronavirus. Similar to the first phase of the MCO, restaurants are only allowed to provide take-away services for now.
Backtracking to food-delivery workers, Ismail Sabri encouraged them to place ordered meals outside of the recipient’s home to “avoid contact with other people, in order to reduce the chances of spreading the virus.”
In the case of public transportation and e-hailing services, the former will be limited to the hours of 6am to 10am and 5pm to 10pm, while the latter can only operate from 6am to 10pm.
The second phase of the MCO is scheduled to last until the 14th of April. Only time will tell whether it will be lifted after the aforementioned date or continue to be in place.
Til then, stay safe, stay clean and get a healthy dose of JUICE.