Avoid public gatherings for up to a year after MCO – government

PUTRAJAYA: Public gatherings such as the Ramadan bazaar must be avoided even after the Movement Control Order (MCO) period is over, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said this was because even in the post-MCO period, the norms and practices of the Malaysian people had to change and mass gatherings were not encouraged for six months to a year.

‘’Although the MCO will be over in two weeks, our practices have to change, it’s not a norm anymore.

‘’For example, not shaking hands, cleaning our hands and a social distancing of at least one metre, gathering, for example, is not encouraged at all for six month to a year,’’ he told a media conference on the developments concerning the Covid-19 outbreak here today.

As such, he said. there was a need for creative and innovative ideas such as Ramadan bazaar food which could be home-delivered.

He said the implementation of the E-Ramadan Bazaar was a good idea as there was a 70% increase in home delivery services during the first phase of the MCO.

MOH, he said, would look at how it could be implemented in line with the procedure set by the ministry.

Earlier, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob said all Ramadan bazaars are banned during the MCO period.

To date, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Terengganu, Selangor, Kedah and Penang had decided to cancel the Ramadan bazaar. – April 3, 2020, Bernama

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