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Tighter MCO 3.0 – More to WFH, More Roadblocks, No Total Lockdown

The government just announced tighter SOPs for the third Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia. Among them are requiring more workforce to work from home, limiting business hours to 8PM, and the capacity of public transportation will be reduced by 50% as well; no total lockdown was announced.

For the government sector, 80% of staff will be working from home, which involves 750,000 individuals. For the private sector, 40% of workforce is required to work from home; this translates to roughly 6.1 million individuals.

Aside from that, business hours will also be limited from 8AM to 8PM. The capacity of public transportation, on the other hand, will be reduced by 50% too, much like how it was during the first MCO.

In essence, these tightened SOPs are in addition to existing ones. To ensure public compliance, more frequent checks will be done by the authorities, including the implementation of more roadblocks.

These new SOPs will be implemented from 25 May onwards this Tuesday. MCO 3.0 is in effect until 7 June, though it remains to be seen if there will be any extension.