Tourism and sports are set to reopen in Malaysia

Published on : Thursday, December 17, 2020

Recently, the government has taken the decision to reopen several tourism activities along with the sports sector during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period that would strengthen both the industries.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob explained that the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (Motac) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) had put forward the proposal in the National Security Council meeting, and the council in principle has decided to accept the proposal.

“The NSC has agreed to approve the application from Motac to open tourism activities, including outdoor activities such as the National Zoo, Legoland and other activities.”

“However, we have asked the ministry to present a more detailed and clear standard operating procedures (SOPs) after holding discussions with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and NSC,” he said yesterday in a press conference.
The minister said, for the sports sector, the proposal from the KBS is mainly regard to outdoor sports activities. He also said that tomorrow, the technical committee will meet to elucidate on the details of the new SOPs for the sports.

He also observed that the government will declare the new SOPs for tourism and the sports to the public in the coming days.

In the meantime, Ismail Sabri said Malaysians who is keen to return home from abroad can do so without taking a swab test in the origin country. However, he mentioned that they will have to undergo a mandatory quarantine of 10 days.

On Dec 14th, police arrested a total of 201 individuals for violating the MCO. As for the number of new Covid-19 cases, yesterday the MoH reported 1,772 new patients who tested positive.

Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has explained that the total, Kuala Lumpur (KL) recorded the highest number with 696 positive cases.

He also said that the rise in new cases in KL was because of the screening at the Damanlela construction site which resulted in 567 positive cases, or 81.5%.

“The second state to record the highest daily cases was Selangor with 503 cases, followed by Sabah with 260 cases,” he said in a statement yesterday.

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