It is official – Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has announced that masks will be optional outside Malaysia from May 1, as part of a broader relaxation of the COVID-19 protocol.
You will be allowed to unmask anywhere outside your home, office building and mall, including bus stops, parks and grounds, and open-air walkways and bridges. Protective face masks are still encouraged, however – especially for high-risk individuals and those who are not vaccinated – to continue to prevent the spread of the disease.
With the exception of certain situations such as eating, exercising alone, performing on stage or giving speeches, the mask mandate for indoor settings remains in force. You will also need to wear a mask on public transport (buses, trains and taxis) or ride-hailing vehicles such as Grab. There will also be no more social distance requirements, so businesses will be able to keep as many people as they wish at home, although physical distance is recommended in unmasked situations.
It has also been confirmed that the requirement to check-in through the MySajahetera app before entering the commercial premises will be eliminated from May 1. In addition, both vaccinated and non-vaccinated persons will be allowed to enter, although those who have tested positive for Kovid. 19 or under the Enforced Quarantine (Home Surveillance Order, or HSO) is still strictly prohibited. Business owners need to check the risk app in the Visitors’ Message app as before.