11 Sectors Under Manufacturing And Commercial Are Given Pre-Approval To Operate In Phase 2 Recovery
In addition to allowing eateries to operate longer, the government also announced a list of sectors that are pre-approved to operate during Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP). The said 11 sectors will be under manufacturing and commercial, and would be operating alongside essential sectors approved by the National Security Council from 8am to 8pm.
The 6 pre-approved sectors under the manufacturing category include automotive (vehicle/components, ceramic, rubber, cement, steel and iron, and furniture (exportation). On the other hand, under the commercial category includes stationery and book shops, computer and telecommunications, electrical appliances, car wash, and hairdressing salons.
According to Malaysian PM, Tan Sri Muhyiddin, our country will not be able to get out of Phase 1 unless new cases are below 4,000 daily, “moerate” demand on intensive care capacity, and 10% of people in the country are vaccinated. Yesterday, there were 5,586 cases recorded so we are still far off from the set threshold.
That said, Phase 2 will also include travel exceptions for long-distance spouses with emergency purposes, relaxation on non contact sports and recreational activities, and revised operating hours for eateries. As for Phase 3, all economic activities will be allowed to operate except for spa, manicure and pedicure, and entertainment outlets like pubs and nightclubs.
Oh did I mention that Phase 3 will also include travelling within one’s state? I really hope that it is a good idea to do so, because I really do miss travelling.