Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Govt considering lifting travel restrictions for fully vaccinated long-distance couples

Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob says he has often brought up the issue at the National Security Council.

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Long-distance couples and parents who have received both doses of Covid-19 vaccine may be allowed to travel interstate to meet their families once a relaxation of restrictions is announced in due course.

Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the flexibility for long-distance families to meet was among matters being considered for those who have been fully vaccinated.

He said he felt concerned and had taken note of laments over the interstate travel restriction which had taken a toll on the relationships of couples and parents who have been separated from their children.

“I have often brought up this issue at National Security Council meetings. The government is studying the proposal to allow couples and long-distance families to be reunited, more so if the parents have already received two doses of vaccine.

“As a father, I am aware of how important the family institution is and how it affects our lives in society. Even if it is a safety measure, parents should not be separated from their children for too long,” he said in an update on his Facebook page today.

Earlier, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the easing of restrictions for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 would soon be decided at the National Recovery Council meeting.

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