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Here’s what you can do now that the EMCO in Selangor has been lifted

by Grace Sundram

According to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) imposed on 34 Selangor sub-districts was terminate at midnight on 16 July.

The decision was made after the special meeting of the National Security Council (MKN) whereby they evaluated the Ministry of Health (MOH) presentation on the current COVID-19 situation.

Now that we are no longer under the EMCO, here are a few things you should know regarding the Phase 1 SOPs and the list of business sectors that are open or closed.

Individual rules


– There is no interstate or inter-district travel including long-distance spouses without police permission.
– Only two people in the car to buy essential items; for medical travel including vaccination, two people and the patient are allowed.
– Travel should not exceed 10km from the house unless it’s for medical or vaccination trips.
– Only allowed to go out to buy daily essentials, medical supplies or for health care.
– There is no curfew, but it is advised not to go out after 8 p.m.
– Only drivers and passengers (in the back seat) are allowed in an e-hailing car or taxi.
– Jogging and exercise are allowed in the open areas around one’s residential area with a distance of 2-3m, from 7 am to 8 pm.
– Dining-in or park-and-dine not allowed

Social activities are not allowed


– Face-to-face meetings.
– Have visitors, except for emergencies or deliveries.
– Fishing, except fishermen.
– Photography activities
– Video shoots, filming, except live individual broadcast sessions.
– Live broadcasts or recordings, except in the form of news, forums or talks.
– Busking.
– Meetings, conventions and exhibitions.
– Driving classes, maritime training institutes, flight lessons.

Premises closed

– Farmers markets, night markets.
– Cyber cafes.
– Lottery shops, casinos.
– Spas, reflexology, massage parlours, wellness centres, pedicures, manicures.
– Barber shops and salons.
– Furniture stores.
– Car washes.
– Jewelry, clothing, fashion, accessory stores.
– Vehicle accessories store.
– Toy store, sports equipment store.
– Flower shops.
– Kindergarten, except for children whose parents/guardians are frontliners or in essential services.
– Sports and recreation facilities or premises except for public parks.
– Cinemas, nightclubs, pubs.
– Indoor playgrounds, karaoke centres, theme parks.
– Zoos, edutainment centre, nature parks.

Permitted activities



– Students are allowed to sit for international and/or professional examinations.
– Students in dormitories or campuses are allowed to stay there.


– Prayers in mosques and suraus are allowed, limited to 12 committee members. Other religious activities are not allowed.
– Solemnisation for Muslims are only allowed at the state religious department office.
– Marriage registration for non-Muslims are allowed at the National Registration Department.
– Other religious activities for non-Muslims in the house of worship is only allowed for 12 committee members only.
– Funeral according to guidelines by state religious authorities (for Muslims) and the Ministry of National Unity (for non -Muslims).

Business services (8 am – 8 pm unless otherwise stated)


– Food and beverages for deliveries or takeaway (6 am to 10 pm).
– Medicine and health care, including veterinarians.
– Water.
– Energy.
– Security.
– Solid waste, sewage management.
– Land, air and water transport.
– Ports, airports, including cargo management.
– Communications, including media services, telecommunications, mail and courier.
– Banking, insurance, takaful and capital markets.
– Community loans, such as mortgages.
– E-commerce and information technology.
– Production, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants.
– Hotels and lodging, for quarantine purposes only.
– Critical construction, maintenance and repairs (optimized capacity).
– Forestry (limited to enforcement) and wildlife.
– Logistics for essential services.
– Supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, various stores. Limited to necessities.
– Morning market (6 am to 2 pm), wholesale market (midnight to 6 am, 11 am to 4 pm).
– Gas stations (6 am to 8 pm except those located on highways with tolls).
– Restaurant (except dining in), including food outlets.
– Laundry service, including self-service.
– Pet store.
– Optician.
– Hardware store.
– Workshop.
– E-commerce (all product categories).
– Wholesaler and distribution (essential goods and services only).
– Manufacturing activities are allowed

60% of the workforce


– Aerospace includes maintenance, repair and overhaul.
– Food and beverage.
– Packaging and printing materials.
– Personal care products and cleaning equipment.
– Health and medical care including supplements.
– Personal protective equipment (PPE) including rubber gloves, and fire safety equipment.
– Medical equipment components.
– Electrical and Electronics.
– Oil and gas, including petrochemical and petrochemical products.
– Chemical products.
– Machinery and equipment for the manufacture of healthcare and food only.
– Textiles for the manufacture of PPE only.
– Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants.

Optimal capacity is allowed


– Agriculture, fisheries and livestock and its supply chain.
– Plantation and commodities (oil palm, rubber, pepper and cocoa) and its supply chain.

Home repairs and essential building activities are permitted

– Private residential repairs and other critical maintenance and repair work are permitted.
– All other construction work for major public infrastructure is also permitted.
– Construction of workers’ dwellings is permitted.
– Other construction work by G1, G2, G3 and G4 contractors is also allowed.
– Repairs and maintenance include repair and maintenance work on slopes, roads and bridges; traffic light management control; inspection and repair of elevators, walkers, escalators and other critical mechanical and electrical equipment.

Walk-in Vaccination Programme


Furthermore, senior citizens in Klang Valley who have registered or have not registered for the vaccine are now eligible for the walk-in vaccination programme. Beginning July 17, the rakyat will be able to walk into any PPV near them and receive their first dose of vaccine.

According to Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, if an elderly citizen comes at a PPV when the vaccination supply for the day has already been run out, his or her name will be registered for the next day.

For the remainder of the population, the government has started a new effort called Operation Surge Capacity for KL and Selangor to speed up the vaccination push in response to the recent increase in Covid-19 cases in the Klang Valley. By August 1, every adult residing in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur over the age of 18 will have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccination.

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