Knowledge Highlights 17 June 2020

After a three-month lockdown which has quickly curbed the number of active COVID-19 cases in Malaysia, the Prime Minister announced on 7 June 2020 that the country would transition from the so-called “Conditional Movement Control Order”, which was in force until 9 June 2020, to a “Recovery Movement Control Order” (“RMCO”) that is scheduled to have effect from 10 June 2020 to 31 August 2020 (“Announcement”).

In line with the Announcement, the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Declaration of Infected Local Areas) (Extension of Operation) (No. 5) Order 2020 was issued on 10 June 2020, which officially extended the operation of the original order which declared all states and federal territories of Malaysia as being an infected local area for the purposes of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (“PCID”). Additionally, the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) (No. 7) Regulations 2020 (“PCID Regulations No. 7”) were also issued pursuant to the PCID and gazetted on 10 June 2020. The PCID Regulations No. 7 will be effective from 10 June 2020 to 31 August 2020 (“Recovery Period”), for the duration of the whole RMCO. The main provisions of the PCID Regulations No. 7 are listed below.

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