Eateries, Markets & Petrol Stations To Operate From 8AM-8PM In Second Phase Of MCO

Malaysia will restrict the opening hours for supermarkets and eateries as it implements the second phase of nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) starting 1st of April. 

Speaking at a press conference in Putrajaya on Monday, Defence Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri, explained that these establishments—including food delivery services—will be restricted to operate only from 8am to 8pm. 

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“Eateries will continue to be restricted to take-away services only’’, he explained. “The same goes with petrol stations and food delivery services. We will standardise the operating hours’’. For delivery services, Ismail Sabri said deliverers are encouraged to leave their food outside the house of customers—to prevent customers from meeting them. 

“This is so that there is no face-to-face contact with the ones making and receiving the deliveries; we encourage that the food is left outside the premise where the homeowner will collect it once the person delivering has left,” he said. During this period, the government also encourages the public to use online payment methods for delivery services.

Currently, we find that some supermarkets operate until midnight. Therefore, we have decided in today’s meeting that supermarkets as well as restaurants can only operate from 8am to 8pm

“The second phase will see an increase from the aspect of roadblocks and checking on the movement of people’’, said the Defence Minister. “However I want to stress that in the second phase, movement is still allowed, and shops are still allowed to open, but only during the mentioned operating hours,” he said during a broadcasted press conference yesterday. 

However, operating hours for public transport remain the same, running from 6am to 10am and 5pm to 10pm. While taxis and ride-hailing services will continue to operate from 6am to 10pm.