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Here's What You Need To Know About CMCO And RMCO, Which Begins On 5 March

More room to breathe.

Here's What You Need To Know About CMCO And RMCO, Which Begins On 5 March
On 2 March, the government announced that states that were under the Movement Control Order (MCO) --  Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Penang -- will have a more relaxed lockdown under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) beginning 5 March. 

Since the rules for MCO this time around is already pretty relaxed, it wouldn't be surprising if many are unsure of what this change entails. 

If you're one of them, worry not because as usual, we've got you! 

Here are some of the notable changes that will possibly delight and worry you in equal measures. 

#1 Cinemas can reopen

You can catch your favourite movies in the cinemas again! Cinemas in both CMCO and RMCO areas are allowed to open with strict SOPs. 

You'll have to register with your MySejahtera app, get your temperatures checked and can only sit on alternate seats, but that's a little price you have to pay to enjoy watching movies on big screens with awesome sound system again! 

#2 Video shootings and shows

Good news for the creative industry. All events, shows and live performances including live music, acting, comedy shows, performing arts, cultural events and live events are allowed in halls, auditoriums, art galleries, convention centres, stadiums and studios - but without a live audience, of course. 

In CMCO areas, the venue should only be filled at 70 per cent capacity but in RMCO areas, it can be filled to a 100 per cent capacity. This would mean that if a venue can hold 100 people, only 70 will be allowed in CMCO areas. 

#3 Tourism and recreational activities

Don't get too excited. Crossing state and country borders are still closed (to most people), but we're sure there are plenty of interesting places in our own backyards just waiting to be explored. 

Zoos, farms, aquariums, edutainment centres, recreational and nature parks, museums, art galleries and cultural performance halls are allowed to re-open. 

You can also soon go for a massage as well manicure and/or pedicure. Give yourself some love and care, you deserve it. 

Other tourism activities are already allowed with SOPs in place, so no changes there. 

#4 Social activities

If you've had to postpone your wedding, engagement or other formal events for the umpteenth time and just want to get it over with, well, now you can. 

If you're in a CMCO area, you will have to limit the number of guests to only 50 per cent of the capacity of a venue while those in RMCO area can go wild. 

Other celebrations such as anniversaries, birthday parties, family retreats and reunions can also go on with the same rules applying. 

Just be sure to maintain social distancing - no hugging family and friends you haven't seen in ages (sadly!). 

#5 Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE)

Seminars, workshops, training courses and exercises, meetings and trade exhibitions can be held again with the same rules as that for social activities applying. 

The usual SOPs of social distancing, checking of temperature and checking-in via MySejahtera apply as well. 

No crossing the state borders unless...

You can't cross the state borders still unless you live in Kuala Lumpur or Selangor. You can move around between the Federal Territory and state beginning 5 March, which makes sense. 

However, you can't leave or visit Putrajaya or other states, for that matter.

Live can almost go back to normal.

But remember, guys...the number of new COVID-19 cases are still in the thousands, so remember all the lessons from the past year and continue to stay safe.