More rules relaxed for NRP Phase 1 states – dine-in, sports/leisure activities and motorsports now allowed

More good news for those residing in states under Phase 1 of the economic recovery plan (NRP). Earlier this evening, caretaker prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the relaxation of further economic measures for these states, adding on to the set that was announced on August 15.

The big item concerns food, and getting it piping hot at that. From tomorrow, Friday, August 20, fully vaccinated individuals in states under Phase 1 will be allowed to dine in at public eateries, restaurants/cafes and clubhouse premises. All dine-in customers must show proof that he/she is fully vaccinated via the digital vaccination cert in their MySejahtera app.

UPDATE: The story adds in updated standard operating procedures (SOPs) as defined in the latest set (dated August 20) issued for Phase 1 NRP states. There is a change in the time permitted for activities – the announcement on Thursday clearly listed this as being from 6am to 10pm, but the SOP however states that it is 6am to 8pm. As such, it has been corrected in the story.

By fully vaccinated, this means an individual must not just have completed their vaccine doses, but also satisfy the 14 day requirement after receiving the second dose (for Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac), or 28 days in the case of single dose vaccines such as Johnson & Johnson and CanSino.

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He added that if possible, eateries should prepare more dining space for customers outdoors, as the risk of the virus spreading is higher in enclosed places compared to when outdoors, where ventilation is far better. Fully vaccinated couples wanting to bring younger kids along (under 17 years old) to dine in can do so, but will have to ensure that they comply with all SOPs.

Dine-in patrons, take note that seating capacity per table is at 50%, and you’ll have to observe physical distancing of at least one metre. Don’t blame anyone if the authorities come checking and issue you a fine if you don’t comply.

Other measures and conveniences announced include the resumption of outdoor sports, leisure and recreational activities in Phase 1 states for the fully vaccinated, from 6am to 8pm. Previously, recreational activities such as jogging, exercise and cycling were allowed, but now the fully vaccinated have access to more.

These include activities in sports facilities and clubs. Items in the latest SOP set include swimming (at 60% capacity), equestrian, shooting, tennis/badminton (singles only), golf and motorsports. Other activities such as climbing, picnics, camping and fishing are also permitted, again only for the fully vaccinated.

Finally, night markets and weekend markets will be allowed to operate. Muhyiddin said that relevant enforcement authorities as well as the premise owners will need to ensure that customers entering these show their digital vaccination certificate to furnish proof that they are fully vaccinated.

Great news then for those who have been clamouring to have their favourite dish in the restaurant, but remember to keep to those SOPs, and observe distancing protocols. The game isn’t over.

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  • Goodmove on Aug 19, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Later lazy staff that dont want to go office but can go dine in. Dine in safer than going to office

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    • You must be talking about yourself.

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    • Wakakaka on Aug 20, 2021 at 5:31 pm

      Now many lazy one stay at home because full salary coming on time. Why worry. Go dine in, makan roti canai, at nighy supper lagi syok.

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      • Celup King on Aug 20, 2021 at 6:28 pm

        Private sector should take a leaf from public sector to cut salary and reduce cost. No need pay full salary to lazy stay at homes.

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      • Rakyat Malaysia on Aug 20, 2021 at 11:24 pm


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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Aug 19, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    new record cases, but open everything. syabas.

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    • Rakyat Malaysia on Aug 20, 2021 at 11:25 pm

      Idiots demand and pressure gomen to reopen or else they will protest. Hadam je lah the idiocy of some Malaysians.

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    • Panjang on Aug 23, 2021 at 9:50 am

      What a not-so-smart thing to said.
      Even when 100% of Malaysia population have received their complete vaccine, covid will still infect us.
      If we track the daily infection case during that time, numbers will still be high…what then? U want to say the vaccine failed?

      Is it a risky move? Yes it is but its a calculated risk. Data have shown that the vaccine indeed reduces severe side effect of infection. Its up to us to maintain sop when the flood gate is open. Dont be like lembu keluar kandang.

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  • Make Malaysia Great Again on Aug 19, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    The worst is over, terima kasih for guiding us thru these most epic difficult times for the 2 years in a century event.

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  • YB Albert on Aug 19, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    IF DG health said Delta can infect you in 15 seconds,dont you think an unvaccinated kid below 17 can contract or spread the virus to diners around?
    Bear in mind some of the restaurant/kopitiam waiters have been partially jabbed only .
    The outgoing deposed PM is being too hasty in this loosening of SOPs.
    All diners,restaurant staffs should be fully vaccinated.
    Unvaccinated children should stay home.Now lambda and epsilon variants may be circulating…no one know yet,cos overseas returnees self quaranteeing may turn up to be Sivaganggas.

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  • Ben Yap on Aug 20, 2021 at 11:04 am

    time to bring my Cervelo S5 for a good ride.

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  • Norman samsusudin on Aug 20, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Since can dine-in, let’s have TT session among car enthusiasts.

    CAr club members rejoice! That you, Mr DG.

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    • Celup King on Aug 20, 2021 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you #Lawan and black flag protesters and politicians pressuring to reopen the economy b4 covid cases reduce.

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