Lockdown rules for Phases 2 and 3

PETALING JAYA: The National Security Council has unveiled the clearest picture yet of rules for the next phases of the National Recovery Plan.

The government announced earlier today that the current lockdown in Phase 1 would continue indefinitely until the requirements for Phase 2 are met.

Phase 2


Number of daily cases below 4,000;

10% of the population vaccinated;

Health system no longer in critical condition

The lockdown rules are similar to the current Phase 1 but with more sectors allowed to operate from 8am to 8pm, with the exception of the food industry.


Automotive (vehicles and parts)


Furniture factories for export purposes




Trade and distribution

Bookshops and stationary shops

Computer and telecommunications

Electrical goods

Car washes

Barber shops (basic services only)


Farmers’ markets and morning markets will be allowed to operate from 7am to 11am and are limited to selling vegetables, fruits, groceries, processed chicken, seafood and meat.

Sports and recreation

All individual sports and recreation activities that do not involve physical contact will also be allowed.

Eating out

Dine-in at restaurants and related food businesses will remain closed, and the operating hours announced today of 6am to 10pm for takeaway and delivery will be maintained.

Phase 3

Conditions: Number of daily cases below 2,000; 40% of the population vaccinated; health system at a manageable level

Business listing

Instead of listing what sectors are allowed, the government will move to a “negative list” approach, all economic activities are presumed to be allowed except those on the list.

Not allowed:

Pubs and nightclubs.


Subject to approval by the higher education and health ministries, universities, colleges, polytechnics, skills training centres and similar government institutions will be allowed to resume normal operations.

Social activities and travel

Dining-in at restaurants will be allowed, limited to two customers per table.

Social activities will still be restricted.

Gatherings of up to 10 people within a home will be allowed.

Cross-district travel will be permitted, but interstate bans will remain.

Domestic tourism will be allowed, but the opening of tourist attractions will be subject to risk assessments and strict SOPs.


Taxis and e-hailing services will be allowed to carry three people at a time, including the driver.


All markets will be allowed to operate, in line with SOPs.


The creative industry will be allowed to operate, for example live shows without an audience.

Phase 4


Daily cases below 500,

60% of the population vaccinated,

Health system at a safe level

“This last phase will allow us all to return to the norms of daily life where almost all sectors are fully allowed (to operate) subject to the existing SOPs that have been set,” said senior minister for security Ismail Sabri Yaakob today. – FMT

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