Spas, reflexology centres can reopen July 1

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 June 2020:

The government has allowed all spas, wellness and reflexology centres to resume operations starting July 1, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced yesterday.

He said these centres must comply with the recovery movement control order (RMCO) standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the National Security Council and the Ministry of Health, such as registering all customers and have their body temperature checked, besides providing hand sanitiser and wearing face masks.

However, the minister said only workers of Malaysian citizens are allowed to resume work at the premises for the time being.

“They (workers) must also undergo Covid-19 test before returning to work, while customers need to download and use the MySejahtera app for monitoring purposes,” he told the press conference on the latest development under the RMCO here yesterday.

Also allowed to be resumed from July 1 are all meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE), as well as trade and tourism expositions.

Ismail Sabri said for MICE, only 250 people will be allowed entry at a time and all visitors will also be required to download and use the MySejahtera app for entry registration purposes.

Also, all registered tahfiz schools and centres (madrasah) have been allowed to resume operations on the date of the reopenng of schools which will be announced by the Education Ministry (MoE) soon.

Ismail Sabri said all these schools must abide by the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by MoE while madrasah with hostels must also observe the SOP for residential schools.

“So tahfiz schools do not need to have their own SOP but should just refer to and use the SOP set by the MoE. In the case of religious schools which are not registered, they must first be registered with the state religious authorities.”

He said the meeting also agreed to allow tuition centres, special education schools and private education institutions to resume operations. However, he said details about the date and SOP will be announced by the MoE.

Ismail Sabri also said the surau (prayer room) in schools can now be used during the school session as long as the SOP is complied with, including the requirement for social distancing.

Separately, Ismail Sabri said the government has so far deported more than 2,500 people to Indonesia, while another 4,200 were in the process of being sent back.

“In Sabah, 672 Indonesian illegal immigrants have been deported while 5,280 Filipino illegal immigrants will be sent back to their country on June 30.”

– Bernama