All the SOPs involved in a hotel staycation in the Klang Valley during Phase 2

As of September 10,  Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya are categorised as Phase 2 in the National Recovery Plan. This means inter-district travel and intra-state tourism activities e.g., hotel stays are permitted.

This also means that recover-from-cabin-fever staycation in the Klang Valley is waiting for you. We want you to enjoy your time away from home so here are the SOPs that have been put in place.

Staycation in the klang valley: All the SOPs you need to know

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Travel activities permitted by the government:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals can travel inter-district and all road blocks between Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya will be lifted (which probably makes it very hard to detect those that are not fully vaccinated).
  • Vehicles can carry passengers at full capacity.
  • Long-distance fully vaccinated married couples can travel interstate to see each other.
  • Fully vaccinated parents can travel interstate to see their children under 18.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals can dine-in eateries (not exactly travel-related but important to Malaysians as we like to eat).
  • Fully vaccinated individuals can stay in hotels and homestays.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to go to live performances/events e.g., comedy shows, cinemas, art exhibitions, museums and hotel lounges.
  • Cinemas are allowed to open at 50%, whereas art exhibitions, galleries, and museums will be allowed to resume operations at 30% capacity. The venue capacity for live performances is also capped at 30%.

Going to a hotel for a staycation? You can Expect the following:

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  • You have to present your COVID-19 vaccination card or e-certificate during check-in.
  • Management at some hotel may check your MySejahtera app for a ‘low risk status’.
  • Dine-in is allowed at hotel restaurants and F&B outlets for fully vaccinated individuals.
  • Hotel swimming pools are open, however some hotels may choose to close this facility for maintenance or other reasons. The number of people in the pool will also be monitored to ensure adequate physical distancing.
  • Do check if you need to book your swim time with the hotel before heading to the pool.
  • Hotel gym facilities are closed.
  • Employees will be wearing masks and all guests (age 10 and above) are required to wear a mask  in public indoor spaces and when receiving in-room service. Children age 10 and below are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

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Since the coronavirus is still around, the vaccination status is relevant to anyone that wants to travel.

As of September 9, 2021, 99.1% of the Klang Valley’s adult population has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccination.

Number of those fully vaccinated?

According to The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, 72.5% of the total population in this area are fully vaccinated.

Furthermore, 80% of the Klang Valley population is expected to be fully vaccinated on October 1, 2021. Good news, indeed!

You can visit the new official Malaysia government website, Covidnow for more information on the national vaccination programme, the number that have been vaccination and cases including the number of daily tests and patients treated at quarantine centres.

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We also have some article on staycations and getaways in Kuala Lumpur that can help you prepare for your time away from home.

You may  find these articles interesting: 5 tips for that unforgettable family staycation, 6 great places to visit in KL during that weekend getaway and 5 great stress management tips for travellers.

Also relevant to us are the best practices recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on staying at hotels during the pandemic.  It addresses questions that you maybe asking, such as:

Can you get the coronavirus from people who were in the room before you?

The answer is no as hotels have procedures for cleaning, disinfecting and ventilating the room between every guest’s stay. The WHO says this allows the room to be used immediately after a guest checks-out.

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WHO’s recommendations on what you should do when staying in a hotel includes: 

  • Wash all parts of your hands frequently (at least 20 seconds if using an alcohol-based hand rub, and at least 40 seconds with soap and water), including after exchanging objects such as money or credit cards.
  • Look for hand sanitiser stations and use them before going into dining halls, restaurants or bars.
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with tissue, and throw away the tissue in a closed bin.
  • Maintain at least a 1 metre distance from staff and other guests. Avoiding hugging, kissing, or shaking hands. And wear your masks!
It’s been an unprecedented 18 months for all of us
so take some time away from home and live in the moment.
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