The government's mandatory face mask rule came into effect on 1 August, and like most of their new directives, it was met with tonnes of confusion.
There were also many fake messages circulating on social media, like this one:
To clear the air, the government has finally released a guideline on exactly where and when one needs to wear a face mask.
Clearing the air
On 23 July, the government announced that they will be enforcing a mandatory face mask rule on public transportation
and public spaces
However, the definition of public transportaition and public spaces was met with plenty of confusion.
During his press briefing on Monday (3 August), Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has attempted to clear the confusion surrounding the government's mandatory face mask rule.
The public transportation part is very clear cut, Ismail was quoted by Malay Mail
“I want us to be clear, firstly on public transportation. That’s clear. Such as express buses, the LRT, trains, the hop-on hop-off buses. All public transportation. Taxi, e-hailing. These are all forms of public transportation," he was quoted as saying.
The definition of public places, meanwhile, is a little bit trickier.
One should always wear a face mask when they visit places marked as crowded on the National Security Council website, such as wet markets, farmers’ markets, pasar malam
and supermarkets too.
Places such as cinemas and tourist spots are considered crowded public spaces too, Ismail said.
"If we only say ‘public places only’, then football fields are public spots. However, if there is physical distancing that is well spaced-out on the field, there is no need for masks. That’s why we say 'tempat awam yang sesak'
,” he added.
So, in short: you have to wear a mask at public places with a lot of people, and you don't have to wear a mask at public places with wide, open spaces or where there is good physical distancing.
But then again, it's always better to wear a face mask every time you're stepping out lah
And just in case you haven't heard: you don't
need to wear a face mask while you're driving, or when waiting for your food to be served in a restaurant.