The two-passenger-per-vehicle limit, which has been in place ever since the second iteration of the Movement Control Order (MCO) came into effect on January 13, 2021, has been lifted effective immediately today.

This change in the standard operating procedure was announced by Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob during his briefing last night. “We are no longer capping the number of passengers in a car so long as it follows the capacity of a vehicle,” he said.

Similarly, the 10 km travel limit has also been lifted nationwide, however inter-district and inter-state travel without prior approval is still prohibited. Road blocks will still be set up at state borders, and at the discretion of the police, to enforce the new ruling.

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri explained that the travel restrictions are less relevant now that many economic sectors have since been allowed to reopen.

In addition to the relaxation of travel restrictions, the government has also lifted the two-per-table seating limit for dine-in customers at restaurants. Seating limit at restaurants is now subject to the size of the table, with one-metre physical distancing between patrons as well as between tables.

The current MCO, which was supposed to end today, has since been extended yet again for another two weeks (until March 4) for Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, and Penang. All other states, except Perlis and Sarawak, will be placed under Recovery (RMCO) and Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) respectively.

Sarawak is the only state under CMCO currently. The restriction began on February 15, and is scheduled to end on March 1.

As always, all of us must do our part to help get the pandemic under control as soon as possible. Please do stay home, stay safe, and only head out when absolutely necessary. Hanging out with friends can still wait.