PM: All learning centres must close under new MCO but childcare centres, kindergartens can stay open

All educational institutions must close under the new movement control order (MCO) starting May 12, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today. — Picture by Choo Choy May
All educational institutions must close under the new movement control order (MCO) starting May 12, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today. — Picture by Choo Choy May

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 — Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said all educational institutions must close under the new movement control order (MCO) starting May 12, he announced today.

In a statement, he said exceptions would be given to students sitting for international examinations.

“Childcare centres, nurseries and kindergartens are allowed to operate according to stipulated standard operating procedures (SOPs) to aid parents who are working as well as guardians,” he added.

He simultaneously announced that existing SOPs on outdoor sports were unchanged, meaning jogging, cycling and other exercises can be done outdoors as long as physical distancing was maintained.

Today’s announcement comes after the government imposed a targeted MCO, dubbed MCO 3.0 in six districts in Selangor, as well as in KL, Penang, Johor, and Sarawak, for a two-week period in order to curb the rising number of Covid-19 cases.

In the statement, Muhyiddin said that the government would also continue using the Hotspot Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) early warning system to monitor premises and Covid-19 hotspot areas, and initiate follow-up actions, as decided.

“We succeeded in flattening the Covid-19 infection curve in the first and second wave of the spread of this epidemic. I want to remind that the third wave which we are facing now, is more violent and critical. We have still not won.

“Face this third wave in a highly disciplined manner. Only we can guard our own lives, apart from God’s will. Stay at home if there are no urgent matters to be done,” he said.

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