By now, wearing a face mask in public should be second nature to all of us.
However, there's still some confusion when it comes to the mandatory face mask rule, it seems.
Only for crowded places
On Tuesday (15 December), Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said in his daily press briefing that one does not have to wear a face mask if they are alone in public.
quoted Ismail Sabri as saying that the wearing of face masks is only compulsory in crowded public places.
So, if you are sitting alone at a park and physically distancing yourself from other park goers, for example, you don't need to put on a face mask.
“There are many public places including parks, but if you are alone there is no need to wear a mask because it is only compulsory in crowded public places. In crowded markets, buses and LRT, it is a must to wear face masks.
“But if you are alone or there is physical distancing between those present, for example in restaurants, it is not necessary to wear masks. You can’t eat with your mask on,” he was quoted as saying.
This came after a report about an individual being summoned for not wearing a face mask despite being alone in a public area went viral online.
Those who are caught without a face mask in public will be punished with a fine of RM1,000 under Act 342 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.
So, just to be safe, keep your face mask on even if you're alone in public, OK?