MCO vs CMCO: 5 Important Differences that You Must Know

In the effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infection in Malaysia, the government have announced a nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) in 18th March 2020. Since then, different types of movement control orders have been implemented depending on the situation of infection within the country.

Movement Control Order (MCO) / Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP)

This was the first movement control order, or publicly referred to as the nationwide ’lockdown’, that was enforced from 18th March to 3rd May 2020. It is officially gazetted under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and Police Act 1967. Under this MCO, strict curfews are assigned to public movement as well as economic sector operations and activities.

It was enforced in 4 phases with differing levels of restrictions as the number of infections nationwide slowly decreased.

Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) / Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Bersyarat (PKPB)

CMCO was implemented from 4th May – 9th June 2020, with a relaxation of regulations from the MCO phases. Its main goal was to reopen the national economy in a controlled and conditional manner. As its namesake, most economic sectors were opened, and the public’s movement were more relaxed, subjected to specific conditions.

Following the latest implementation of Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Sabah, Selangor, KL and Putrajaya in October 2020, are you confused about the differences between MCO and CMCO? 

Let us help to clarify the 5 main differences between the two types of movement control order.

  1. Travelling and movement

MCO: Interstate and interdistrict travel strictly prohibited, except for essential workers and for food or essential grocery shopping. Evening curfew was set at 10pm.

CMCO: Interstate travel still prohibited. Travelling between states and districts for work or emergency purpose are subjected to approval from authority.

  1. Economic sector operations

MCO: Only essential services including food supplies and services, pharmacies, medical and healthcare institutions, petrol stations, hypermarket and grocery stores etc., are allowed to operate.

CMCO: Most sectors are allowed to open, with the exception of activities or operations that require mass gathering in enclosed spaces, such as theatres, schools, gyms  and beauty and hair salons.

  1. Dine-in arrangements

MCO: Although restaurants and food services are allowed to open, its operations are strictly limited to takeaways and deliveries only. No dine-in is allowed within the premises.

CMCO: Relaxed regulations on dine-in arrangements were made. A maximum of 2 pax per table is allowed for dine-ins, but are still not encouraged for high-risk groups.

  1. Who can leave home

MCO: Public are urged to stay at home unless necessary. For essential shopping, only the head of the family is allowed to leave the home.

CMCO: Two people from the same household are allowed in the same vehicle to leave the home.

  1. Religious / cultural / tourism activities

MCO: All tourism, cultural, religious or social activities that involve the gathering of large crowds are strictly prohibited.

CMCO: All tourism, cultural, religious or social activities are still not allowed.

We hope the above cleared some of your doubts about the differences between MCO and CMCO. It’s important to adhere to the government’s rules and necessary SOPs, and to ensure our own health and safety.

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