The government and related agencies have released guidelines and restrictions with regard to essential travel during the Movement Control Order (MCO 3.0) Phase One “Full Lockdown” period planned for the first two weeks of June 2021.

Similar to measures during the initial MCO in March last year, inter-state and inter-district travelling is banned nationwide. Only two people per household are allowed in a vehicle, with movement restricted within a 10 km radius, to purchase essential goods and healthcare.

For those seeking medical attention and well as to the vaccination centre, an additional occupant can accompany, making it three per vehicle – The latter will require proof of the appointment in the MySejahtera app or other forms of appointment.

As per the first MCO, interstate or inter-district travel for long-distance married couples will not be allowed to travel during phase one of the “full lockdown”. Some 800 road blocks will be set up nationwide during this period to enforce these travelling restrictions.

As for travelling in taxis and e-hailing vehicles, only two occupants are allowed per vehicle, including the driver. That means only one passenger per trip, regardless of vehicle capacity. However, an additional occupant can accompany for medical needs such as emergencies, doctors appointment or the purpose of getting the vaccination.

Public transportation will be operating at 50% capacity as well as reduced frequencies.

Fuel stations are allowed to operate from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. The SOP also states that workshops for automobiles with repair, maintenance and spare parts plus tyre workshops are allowed to operate between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm from June 1 to 14.

Essential economic and services will remain open, such as food, beverage, health, water, energy, communications, I.T, banking and logistics. Meanwhile, goods and services in the disallowed list include car sales and distribution, car wash centres, car accessories, hairdresser and salon, furniture, sporting and toys.

The “lockdown” is Phase One of the government’s move to contain the rapid spread of the coronavirus and not paralyse the already-strained national healthcare system. Reopening of other economic and services sectors will be revisited after 14 days, where if the conditions allow, the MCO will move to Phase Two.

Although travelling is permitted during this MCO3.0 period, we at would like to remind everyone to please stay home, and stay safe; keep travelling to a minimum, for essential purposes only. Nobody likes to be stuck at home, but the more we do our part, the sooner we can defeat the pandemic and return to normalcy.