The Melaka state government is encouraging people to wear face masks in crowded places to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Chief Minister Sulaiman Md Ali said even tourists should have preventive measures such as physical distancing, using hand sanitiser and frequent hand washing, Bernama reported. “We have decided to make face coverings mandatory as daily Covid-19 cases are still under control in Melaka, with less than 50 cases reported in the last seven days.
“However, we will continue to monitor the number of cases every day and encourage locals and tourists to wear masks,” he said. He said face coverings may be made mandatory if the Covid-19 situation worsens.
Last week, Perlis announced that it will be mandatory for all food and beverage (F&B) operators and state employees to wear masks. It followed in the footsteps of the Selangor state government which announced that staff at all F&B stations in the state will now wear masks.
Face coverings are still mandatory in public transportation such as buses, trains, airplanes, taxis, e-mail buses, and in hospitals and other medical facilities. Owners of buildings such as supermarkets, shops or restaurants can still enforce rules requiring guests to wear masks.