Tuesday 13 October 2020
The Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Selangor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur will begin at 12.01am on 14 October until 27 October. Photo: AFP

The news hit Malaysians yesterday after Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Sabah would take effect from midnight of 23 October until 26 October while the CMCO in Selangor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur will begin at 12.01 am on 14 October until 27 October. This is to curb the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

This is what we know of the CMCO so far:


What is allowed:

-Economic activities in the districts are allowed to take place with strict standard operating procedures implemented.

-Two people from the same household are allowed to leave the house to purchase necessities.

-Two people can dine-in at restaurants.

-Takeaways and deliveries.


What is not allowed:

-Travel from district to district unless a letter from one’s employer is provided or the person involved can show a working pass.

-The opening of schools, higher institutions of learning, technical schools, tahfiz centres, kindergartens, public parks and recreational centres.

-Dine-ins at restaurants or cafes for more than two people.

-The opening of any mosques religious houses of prayer.

-Opening or operation of entertainment centres and nightclubs.

-Sports, recreational, social and cultural activities including weddings.


Abiding by strict SOPs when leaving the house for groceries or necessities will keep you and everyone else safe during the CMCO. Photo: Unsplash


During the two-week period, try to keep to a routine and remember:

-There’s no need to rush out and panic buy everything in the supermarket unless you’re low on groceries. Supplies will be stocked and you are allowed to leave your house to buy what you need.

-Keep active by doing an online workout at home or stretching once a day. It will improve not just your physical state but your mental well-being too. See our list of online workouts and meditation guides.

-Reach out to friends and family members via voice and video calls to stay connected. You are not alone in this.

-Keep sanitising and washing your hands often, especially if you need to leave your house.

-Wear a mask to protect yourself and others around you.

-Maintain physical distancing when you are out and about.