Recovery Movement Control Update: Overnight Camping, Hiking Allowed!

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Camping and hiking activities involving overnight stays whether done privately or with family members are allowed but limited to half the total capacity.

Peninsular Malaysia Forestry Department’s Forest Eco-Parks and State Forest Parks director Mohd Yussainy Md Yusop said the move was among the latest measures implemented to improve standard operating procedure (SOP) for visitors entering forest eco-parks and state forest parks during the recovery movement control order.

“For instance, the capacity of the campsite in Sungai Pauh, Cameron Highlands, is set at 70 people compared with its maximum capacity of 150, while the number of people allowed for picnic and camping activities at Commonwealth Forest Park, Rawang, is set at 100 compared with its maximum capacity of 250.

“The state forestry departments can also set additional conditions to ensure full compliance with the SOP approved by the National Security Council, including the use of face masks while conducting static recreation activities in the forest,” he told Bernama.

Visitors are required to submit an application to carry out activities in forest eco parks and state parks via an online application system or obtain an entry permit directly through the state forestry departments.

For dynamic recreational activities including jungle trekking and mountain climbing, Mohd Yussainy said, they should be done by practising physical distancing of three meters between each climber, while maintaining the ratio of five climbers for each mountain guide.

He added that extreme sports such as motorcross, ATV, mountain bike, rock climbing, paragliding as well as rope activities including abseiling and wall climbing are also allowed.

Apart from that, gatherings of no more than 20 people in a group, boathouse rental services with a capacity not exceeding 50 percent and the organisation of department courses or technical training are permitted.

“It should be noted that all extreme activity operators, enthusiasts or visitors must comply with the latest SOP including physical distancing and to wear face masks. They are also encouraged to bring their own equipment,” he said.

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