Eateries, petrol stations, and convenience stores may soon be allowed to operate from 6 am until midnight daily, regardless of the National Recovery Plan (NRP or PPN) phase of their respective localities.
Senior Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said this was agreed to at today’s Covid-19 Quartet Ministers meeting, reports The Vibes. However, the plan still needs to be approved by the Special Committee on Pandemic Management, which is set to meet tomorrow for a decision.
“We will discuss and recommend these to the prime minister tomorrow before an announcement is made after the committee meeting,” Hishammuddin told a press conference in Parliament today.
The majority of these businesses can only currently operate until 10 pm daily, aside from those located in states currently in NRP Phase Three.
The Senior Minister also said that a proposal was mulled by the government to allow the reopening of stadiums to the public for sporting events such as football. However, the proposal is still in the “discussion stage”, and will be discussed in more detail tomorrow.
In seperate news, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Nancy Shukri said today that the government today also agreed to to include Genting Highlands, Tioman Island, and Melaka as part of the government’s tourism travel bubble initiative (which currently only involves Langkawi).
She said that the government is in the midst of finalising the SOPs, and the destinations have been given two weeks to prepare for its reopening – tentatively scheduled for October 1.