As of August 1st 2020, it is mandatory for all Malaysians to wear face masks when travelling on public transports and in crowded public areas, as the authorities work to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission.
Senior Defense Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said those who fail to comply with the new rules will face a fine of up to RM1,000.
RM1K! That is a lot of money in these tiring times!
The Health Ministry had reported a decline in the level of compliance by individuals and business premises with the standard operating procedures (SOP), including on public transports such as the LRT and KTM trains – causing the COVID 19 infection trend in the country to be rising, although at a minimal increase.
And for those with their colourful masks, have no fear, you will be allowed to wear homemade face masks, as long as they follow specifications by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Dear readers, please continue to wearing face masks and practice social distancing. It may be difficult for a bright and colourful society such as Malaysia but these two essential practices can help break the chain of COVID-19 transmission.
So have patience and accept this is the new norm in the next months to come. We can do this!
As for fellow Malaysias returning from overseas, you will have to undergo mandatory quarantine at centres designated by the government starting Friday, 24 July.
Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that this applied to both Malaysians and non-citizens who have been allowed to enter the country.
He also said those who undergo the mandatory quarantine will have to bear full accommodation costs, be it in hotels or other quarantine centres.
So think twice before the impulse need to travel comes running back to haunt you.
Let us #StayHopefulWithIQI by keeping yourself up-to-date!
Remember, it is times like these where need we keep our heads above the water for the sake of ourselves, our loved ones and our community. Keep calm and carry on the Malaysian spirit as high as you can!