Following the announcement by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, 11 economic sectors still under Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan are allowed for reopening from today, August 16th onwards. The services are only for customers who are fully vaccinated.
Based on the data collected by key ministries and agencies, the government has seen positive progress from the increase in vaccination rates among adults, such as a reduction in Category 3 to 5 patients and a reduction of awaiting patients at the Emergency Department.
As mentioned earlier, the government was looking into relaxing movement restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus. The 11 economic sectors that are set to welcome fully vaccinated individuals in states still under Phase 1 are:
- Car wash centres
- Car accessories shop
- Car sales and distribution outlets
- Furniture stores
- Household items and kitchenware stores
- Electrical and electronics stores
- Sporting goods stores
- Morning market and ‘pasar tani’
- Clothing, fashion and accesories stores
- Jewellery stores
- Hairdressers, barbers and beauty parlours (only for basic haircuts)
For individuals in states under Phase 2, the government has allowed businesses such as toy stores, handicrafts and souvenirs, photography and its services, antiques and used goods as well as cosmetics, skincare, and fragrances, to reopen.
The government has set a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for these outlets, where customers are required to show their Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate before they are allowed to enter. A person is only fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose for the two-dose vaccine and 28 days after vaccines that only require a single dose.
As of the end of yesterday, the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine (JKJAV) announced that 32.9% of the total Malaysian population have received its second dose with two-thirds of the adult population in Klang Valley achieving the milestone.
At a bigger scale of the reopening of the economy, the government has also agreed to allow non-essential activities in the manufacturing, construction, mining, and quarry industries regardless of NRP Phase to operate from today.
A scaled size of operation however is listed as the new SOP. Only companies with 80% to 100% of fully vaccinated employees are allowed to operate at full capacity. The next tier of having between 60% to 79% of fully vaccinated workforce can only operate at 80% capacity, while those with 40% to 59% can only operate at 60% capacity.
This is certainly good news for many of the automakers (Honda, Toyota and Naza have voiced their concerns) in the country, as they have expressed the prolonged business closure has not only hurt the sales force but also the supply chain.