Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Selangor will transition from Phase Two to Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan on Oct 1, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today.
Melaka will progress from Phase Two to Three as well, while Kedah will move from Phase One to Two.
In a statement, Ismail said the transitions were given the green light after taking into consideration the current risk assessments by the health ministry and National Security Council.
Once these transitions take place, there will no longer be any states in Phase One.
Kedah, Penang, Perak, Kelantan, Johor and Sabah will be in Phase Two. The Klang Valley, Melaka, Perlis, Pahang, Terengganu and Sarawak will be in Phase Three, and Negeri Sembilan and Labuan will be in Phase Four.
Ismail also announced further relaxation of SOPs as decided by the Special Committee on Pandemic Management:
1. Official government and private events including launching events and workshops will be allowed in Phase Two and Three states at 50% of the premise capacity and 100% capacity for Phase Four states, on condition that guests have been fully vaccinated.
Those who have yet to be vaccinated must take a self-test before attending, witnessed by the organiser or with confirmation from a medical practitioner.
2. The skills training sector and industrial training centres including vocational colleges will be allowed to open in all phases in compliance with SOPs, in line with the opening of institutes of higher learning from Oct 15 onwards.
3. Spectators will be allowed at sports and recreational events in all phases, provided that they have been fully vaccinated and wear face masks throughout the event. No eating or drinking is allowed, and children below 18 will not be permitted to attend.
Ismail added that the government views seriously those who leave their homes despite being under home surveillance order, saying such people will be subjected to strict action.
“Although the government has given more flexibility, I hope the people will continue to adhere to the SOPs as part of efforts to break the chain of Covid-19 infection,” he said.
“The country is now moving towards the endemic phase where we will continue to live alongside Covid-19 in life under the new normal.”