Malaysians are also not allowed to leave the country without applying for a permit from the Immigration Department.
Many Muslim Malaysians visit their families and hometowns during the Ramadan period.
On 9 February, Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob confirmed that dining in and retail shops are allowed to open, subject to rule of 5 per table; which is being implemented from 10 February 2021, moving from Phase One to Phase Two.
On 20 August 2021, the state government of Sarawak banned dining-in at restaurants, restricted businesses to operate from 5am to 8pm, and prohibited anyone from leaving their homes after 10pm except for emergencies.
Employers must comply with this rule, and allow employees to work from home.
At the same time, people raised red flags to ask for aid for their pets, and black flags to protest the government's poor handling of the pandemic.