If you were driving around in your car today you may have noticed a few more bicycles on the road…the reason is simple.
Yesterday the Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS) announced exemptions after a National Security Council (MKN) special meeting considered the appeal to reconsider the decision about the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the sports and recreational sector during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period of May 7 to 20.
This of course allows open area sports and recreational activities that have no physical contact, like jogging, and cycling, to take place as long as compliance with SOP and MCO is observed.
The released statement said further exemptions for the sports and recreational sector will be detailed in the next MKN technical meeting.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican thanked the MKN special meeting members, including Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who gave careful consideration towards the suggestions.
The MKN special meeting also decided to suspend sports and recreational activities in MCO areas, including all sports and recreational activities in commercial facilities or premises, public facilities and open areas.
Reezal Merican encouraged sports operators and fans to continue their fitness activities as safely as they can during the MCO period.
He said the fight against COVID-19 is still on so everyone must adhere to the rules to reach the goal of Malaysia achieving COVID free environments.
One exception to these orders are organisations such as the National Sports Council quarantine-based centralised training and state sports councils’ who participate in camp-based training.