Only 17 essential service sectors authorized to operate
PUTRAJAYA: Only 17 essential service sectors are authorized to operate during the implementation of the total lockdown, in effect from June 1 to 14.
Senior Minister (Security Group), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pix), stated that these sectors include food and drink (including for animals); health and medical care (including dietary supplements, animal care and clinics, and veterinary services); the water; energy; security (defense, emergency, social and humanitarian assistance) as well as solid waste management, public cleaning and sanitation.
The other sectors are transport (land, sea or air); port, shipyard and airport services and operations (including the loading, lightening, handling and storage or packaging of goods); communications (media, telecommunications and Internet, post and mail, as well as dissemination for the purpose of transmitting information).
“Others are the insurance banking, takaful and capital market sectors; community credit (mortgage and Ar-Rahnu); electronic commerce and information technology; production; distillation; storage; supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants; hotels and places of accommodation (only for quarantine, isolation and employment for necessary services; not for tourism purposes).
“Critical construction, maintenance and repair are also permitted; forestry services (limited to law enforcement) and wildlife, as well as logistics, limited to the provision of necessary services, ”he said at a press conference on the implementation of the total lockdown here today.
As for the manufacturing sector, Ismail Sabri said he would not be allowed to operate during the first phase of the total lockdown period, except for 12 departments, with a capacity of only 60 percent of employees.
He said that included aerospace (components and maintenance, repair and overhaul); food and drinks; packaging and printing materials relating only to food and sanitary products; personal care items and detergents; electrical and electronic; oil and gas, including petrochemicals and petrochemicals, as well as textiles for the production of personal protective equipment (PPE).
He said that for the agricultural sector, the fisheries, livestock, plantations and commodities sectors and their supply chains will also be allowed to operate, including shops selling fertilizers and pesticides, and palm oil fruit processing factories, as well as trucks, oil palm transport, rubber. , pepper and cocoa.
“The construction sector will also be allowed to operate. This involves critical maintenance and repair work, the construction of major public infrastructure, as well as the construction of buildings that provide full housing for workers on construction sites. The authorized working capacity is optimal, ”he said.
Meanwhile, he said shopping complexes will be closed during the period, with the exception of supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies and grocery stores that have food and beverage sections, as well as produce. first need.
smail Sabri said restaurants, food stalls and outlets; laundry services (including self-service); pet care and pet food stores; eyewear and optical stores; hardware stores; vehicle workshops, maintenance and spare parts; E-commerce (all product categories) as well as wholesale and distribution (all essential service product categories only) will be allowed to operate.
He also said that all economic sectors related to essential services can operate from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the exception of the daily markets which will only be allowed to operate from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. fresh markets from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., while the Permanent Farmers Markets, MyFarm Outlets and Area Farmers Organization resorts can operate from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the wholesale markets from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The operating hours of gas stations will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the exception of gas stations along highways which can operate for up to 24 hours, he said.
“With the closure of the economic sector and the limitation of the movement of the number of workers from 15 million to only 1.5 million (per day), and with all parties complying with all directives issued by the government, I am convinced that the infection curve of cases will be flattened.
“At the same time, I also hope that the private sector will also respect the government directive so that we can win the war against Covid-19,” he added. – Bernama