The Health Minister of Malaysia, Khairy Jamaludin recently announced that face masks are now optional in indoor settings in Malaysia, starting from 7 September 2022.
After analyzing the current COVID-19 situation in Malaysia, the Health Ministry has decided to drop the mask mandate, while still enforcing its use in certain cases, such as:
- Positive COVID-19 cases
- In public transportation, including e-hailing rides
- In medical facilities such as hospitals, clinics, haemodialysis centers, etc.
A recent update by Khairy on 28 September 2022, three weeks after the face mask mandate lift announcement, says that face masks are no longer mandatory on planes, after taking Malaysia’s COVID-19 caseload and improved plane technology into consideration.
Today I announced face masks indoors will be optional effective immediately. However, it’s still mandatory in all health care facilities (hospitals, clinics, nursing homes etc) and in public transport. High-risks individuals encouraged to keep their masks on.
— Khairy Jamaluddin 🇲🇾🌺 (@Khairykj) September 7, 2022
The Ministry continues to highly encourage the use of face masks for individuals exhibiting symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and fever, high-risk individuals such as senior citizens and those with chronic illnesses, pregnant women, and in crowded areas.
Premise owners still have the freedom to decide if visitors need to keep their face masks on in their premises.
The Health Ministry will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and citizens are encouraged to stay safe and take preventive measures at all times.
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