The government has agreed to allow 11 more types of businesses to resume operations from Aug 16 under Phase One of the National Recovery Plan.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said this would be subject to the conditions and SOPs stipulated earlier, including a requirement that their customers be fully vaccinated.
The 11 businesses which can re-open are as follows:
1. Car wash
2. Electrical and electronics
3. Household goods and kitchen utensils
5. Sports equipment
6. Car accessories
7. Car distribution and sales
8. Morning markets and pasar tani
9. Clothing and fashion accessories
11. Barbers and beauty salons (for basic barber services only)
Meanwhile, the list of businesses allowed to open in states under Phase Two of the recovery plan has been extended, with 11 more types of retail shops given the green light to resume operations.
They include businesses involved in photography equipment and services, used items, flowers and nurseries, handicraft and souvenirs, antiques, toys, carpets, creative content and equipment, outdoor equipment, cosmetics, skin care, perfume as well as tobacco and vape outlets.
The manufacturing, construction, and mining and quarrying industries can also resume operations in all states.
Muhyiddin warned that any failure by business owners to adhere to health SOPs would result not only in fines but also a closure order.
“As workers, the power is in your hands, and any employee who does not comply with SOPs and who violates the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 can be compounded and brought to court,” he said, adding that within a period of two weeks, more than 900 premises had been ordered to close over their failure to adhere to SOPs.
“This is proof that the government is very firm against anyone breaking the rules.”
This follows the government’s move to relax some SOPs for those who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Domestic tourism activities were allowed to resume from Aug 10 onwards in states that have transitioned to Phase Two of the recovery plan, along with dine-in activities, inter-district travel and participation in selected sports activities.