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MCO Phase 2: Hardware and spare part shops can open twice a week

If you need to replace a light bulb or a water tap at home, here’s some good news for you. During the second phase of the Movement Control Order, hardware stores will be allowed to open two times a week. This directive was mentioned in the official FAQ by the National Security Council.

As listed on the final page, hardware stores are allowed to operate two times a week. In addition, other businesses such as shops that sell fertiliser and pesticide, pet food and medication, and auto spare parts, are also allowed to open twice a week.

Several councils have made their respective announcements on the new ruling. Kuala Langat, Selayang and Shah Alam councils have announced on Facebook that the four businesses which include hardware stores are allowed to open on Monday and Thursday, between 8am to 4pm. The Perak state government have made a similar announcement as well and the above shops can also operate from 8am to 4pm on Monday and Thursday.

However, in Seberang Perai, the operating hours are shorter from 8am to 2pm during the two days. At the time of writing, we can’t find any announcement from Kuala Lumpur City Hall and Petaling Jaya City Council on the permitted operating hours for hardware stores, pet food and spare part businesses during the second phase of the MCO.

In case you missed it, essential premises such as eateries, markets and even petrol stations are only permitted to operate between 8am to 8pm. For Selangor residents, the police have also urged the public to standby a utility bill as proof of their home address.

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