The Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented on 18th March. Non-essential outdoor activities were banned. I snuck out for a ride on 26th March, but then people started being arrested for breaking the MCO. I took to walking up and down the multi-level car park where I live for exercise.
To date, Malaysia has had 6,353 Covid-19 infections (20 per 100,000 people), and 105 patients have died (<1 per 100,000 people). The daily rate of new infections has plateaued. More importantly, the current utilization rate of hospital beds reserved for Covid-19 patients does not exceed 30%.
The Government has decided to relax the MCO in most parts of the country from today. Areas where the number of infections is still high remain under a more restrictive Enhanced MCO.
Much of the country is now under a Conditional MCO. Most economic sectors and business activities can reopen, but with conditions and standard procedures to ensure people don’t get infected. Pertinent to me is that outdoor sports activities which do not involve body contact and in small groups of not more than 10 persons are now allowed.
As expected, traffic was busier today than it has been for weeks. Nevertheless, traffic was considerably lighter than usual. This six-lane intersection is usually jammed solid at 5:00 pm on a Monday.
Traffic continued to be very light where ever I rode. This is another street which is usually bumper-to-bumper during the evening rush hour.
The only downer, although it did nothing to wipe the grin off my face, was the rain that forced me to seek shelter for ten minutes.
These drops very quickly became a downpour as those dark clouds in the background rolled toward me.
More riding tomorrow, rain or shine.