Mask wearing will be optional for the public from 15 September 2022, but will still be compulsory in specific settings such as healthcare premises and for Food and Beverage (F&B) staff, according to the Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Retired) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Md Yussof at a press conference on Monday.
He also announced some other key health protocol updates set by the COVID-19 National Steering Committee that will be effective 15 September, including the doing away of compulsory vaccination for inbound and outbound travel via land, air and sea and the extension of land border control post operations until 8pm.
Antigen rapid tests (ART) in schools and educational institutions as well as training institutions under the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports is will no longer be conducted according to any schedule and are only required for symptomatic individuals or if required by schools such as prior to sitting for an examination or attending an event.
Anyone entering the country are also no longer required to complete the Arrival Declaration Form (ADF), according to the announcement.
More details on Tuesday’s Borneo Bulletin