CMCO extended, eateries can open till 6am during Ramadan

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 April 2021:

States currently placed under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) – Sarawak, Selangor, Johor, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur and Penang have seen this restriction extended by a further two weeks, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today.

The CMCO in Sarawak would continue till April 26 while the other six states will have CMCO till April 28.  The Recovery MCO in Perlis, Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya, Labuan, Perak, Negeri Sembilan (except in Seremban) and Kedah (except in Kuala Muda) would be also be extended to April 28.

Following the announcement by the Keeper of the Rulers Seal Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, tomorrow will be the start date for the Ramadan fasting month set by decree of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah for all states in the country after receiving the consent of Malay rulers.

As such, Ismail Sabri said the government will allow all restaurants, stalls, eateries, including coffee houses in hotels, as well as fast-food shops and food delivery services in both CMCO and RMCO states to operate until 6am during this Muslim fasting month to enable those fasting, especially those who are single, to purchase food for their pre-dawn meals (sahur).

This longer operating hours are applicable only for standalone eateries – those in shopping complexes or supermarkets would be subject to the operating hours of those premises. Previously, these eateries or stalls were only allowed to operate until midnight or according to conditions set in licences issued by respective local authorities.

Ismail Sabri also said hotels, restaurants and eateries would be allowed to hold buffets for the breaking of fast, with strict compliance of the standard operating procedures, with food handlers required to serve food to customers at buffets.

“For the breaking of fast in offices and halls, areas under CMCO must ensure the event occupies only 50% of venue’s capacity while 100% capacity is allowed for RMCO areas, but in accordance with the stipulated SOP.”