KUALA LUMPUR (May 22): Business outlets throughout the country may only operate from 8am to 8pm daily starting Tuesday (May 25) as part of measures to curb the rising Covid-19 cases. They are currently allowed to operate from 6am to 10pm.

Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the new measure covers shopping malls, eateries, and petrol stations.

“The same operating hours will also apply to convenience stores, pet stores and laundries,” he said in a joint press conference with Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Pharmacies may, however, stay open until 10pm, while petrol stations at highway rest stops can also operate longer hours.

The minister said night markets can only open between 4pm and 8pm.

Besides limiting business operating hours, additional restrictions to tighten the standard operating procedures of the Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0 will also involve working from home.

The work-from-home directive covered 80% of civil servants (involving 750,000 workers) and 40% of private sector workers (6.1 million employees), he said.

Ismail Sabri said public transport services, including buses and trains, will operate at a 50% capacity, and the frequency will also be reduced.

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