Petronas on Thursday issued new guidelines to its contractors working under Malaysia’s Movement Control Order, now extended until 14 April, which was imposed by the government because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Petronas noted that all contractor activities relating to the supply of goods, products and services through the MCO period must comply with the relevant government authorities — including the Ministry of International Trade & Industry.

It is the responsibility of each contractor and sub-contractor to apply to continue operating during the MCO term to the MITI.

Contractors are required to put in a place a work-from-home scheme for employees who are not involved in critical production or manufacturing.

Petronas noted that contractors must take each employee’s temperature daily as they enter the workplace.

Also contractors must clean and sanitise their premises before the start of each shift or operation.

“ [The] cleaning and sanitisation process shall be carried out three times a day particularly the common areas such as lobby, lift, cafeteria, meeting rooms, prayer’s rooms, bus/employee’ transportations and covered recreational area,” read the Petronas notification.

The national oil company added it was seeking the co-operation of contractors to ensure the “continuity of activities and operations of Petronas including those affecting the manufacturing and production of critical and essential products for public consumption” during the MCO.

Petronas confirmed that the health and safety of personnel are of utmost importance.

“In this regard, please take all the necessary precaution [sic] as may be appropriate until advised otherwise by the Government of Malaysia, to ensure that supply of products and service for essential and critical operations, continue in a safe manner.”

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Wednesday extended to 14 April the MCO, which is intended to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

“The strategy will only succeed if the masses are not exposed to the virus through daily contact.

“Just be mentally and physically prepared to stay at home for a reasonably longer period of time,” Muhyiddin said in a televised address.

During the MCO, all government and private premises except essential services are closed.