Malaysia has started to relax its restrictions on the holding of events, with the city of Putrajaya allowing meetings, conferences, seminars, courses and training workshops to operate as of 1 July, with the proviso that attendances do not exceed 250 people. Organisers must follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), including observing social distancing and attendees wearing face masks.
Senior minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the new measures included meetings of political parties, corporations and all associations registered under the Registrar of Societies (ROS), Companies Commission of Malaysia, Cooperatives Commission Malaysia and Sports Commission.
Sarawak state also announced a relaxation from 1 July, with deputy chief minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah announcing a maximum capacity of 250 people for meetings.
“While the social and economic activities resume gradually, there are standard operating procedures (SOPs) fixed for each sector,” the deputy minister said.
“We must comply with the guidelines and rules meant to protect our own health such as social distancing, personal hygiene and wearing face masks when we are in a crowded gathering,” he said
The Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS) has been campaigning to promote the value of face-to-face and exhibitions for reconnecting, restarting and rebuilding communities and economies amid the Covid-19 crisis.
In Malaysia, the business events industry has been growing strongly in the past few years, with business events attracting over 540,000 international business travellers to the country and contributing RM3.9bn (US$910m) in direct expenditure and generating RM9.2bn in economic impact.
Malaysia has now issued over RM290bn (US$67bn) worth of government incentives and economic and financial support measures since February 2020, with the latest stimulus package on 9 June valued at RM35bn.
As of 7 July, Malaysia had recorded fewer than 9,000 cases of Covid-19 and 121 deaths countrywide. Five new cases were recorded on 6 July, three of which were imported cases.
The country still has quarantine restrictions and travellers are advised to seek official advice on a country by country basis.