MCO 2.0: A guide to what shops will remain open

Modified 14 Jan 2021, 2:39 pm

  • UPDATED JAN 14: Self-service laundromats are now allowed to open but staff must be present to ensure SOP compliance.

The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has detailed the businesses under its jurisdiction that will be allowed to operate under the second movement control order (MCO 2.0).

They are:

  • Shopping complexes
  • Supermarkets and hypermarkets
  • Departmental stores
  • Pharmacies and self-care outlets
  • Convenience stores and mini-marts
  • Laundry services (staff must be present at self-service laundromats to ensure customers follow SOP)
  • Restaurants
  • Furniture stores
  • Jewellery stores
  • Electric and electronics stores
  • Stationery stores
  • Hardware stores
  • Pet food stores
  • Vehicle workshops (including maintenance and parts replacement)
  • Vehicle sales and distribution centres
  • Speciality retail stores at petrol stations

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi said this is in line with the government's decision to allow businesses in the trade and distribution sector to operate during MCO 2.0.

The areas under MCO 2.0 are Penang, Selangor, Malacca, Johor, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Labuan.

"The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry which is responsible for regulating trade and distribution activities in the country will always ensure the retail, distribution, and wholesale supply chain is not interrupted as they are the pulse of the domestic economy," he said in a statement.

He added that this is to also give confidence to Malaysians that essential goods will be available.

Nanta said to ensure smooth operations, businesses should register with the International Trade and Industry Ministry under the Covid-19 Intelligent Management Systems.

He also reminded businesses to comply with the MCO 2.0 condition that only allows 30 percent of administrative staff to work at their premises.

The operational capacity of supporting staff will be determined by the employers.