Malaysian nightclubs to reopen this weekend with potential “no dancing” rule in place

Nightlife establishments will reopen across the country on May 15

Nightclubs across Malaysia are set to reopen this weekend after two years due to COVID-19, although there could be new rules enforced that prohibit dancing.

Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced the reopening of nightclubs from May 15 in late April. Yesterday (May 10), David Gurupatham, the co-founder of the trade coalition Industries Unit, shared with Free Malaysia Today that there may be a “no dancing, no close contact” stipulation in effect.

Although these rules have yet to be confirmed, Gurupatham urged partygoers to expect “that there will be no dancing and perhaps a situation where we will have to implement crowd control to make sure it’s not too crowded”. He added: “We don’t want any sudden spikes which could lead to clubs being closed again.”

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Gurupatham also noted that the safe reopening of clubs would provide stable employment to those in the industry who were unable to work regularly over the past two years due to COVID-19. Gurupatham also estimated that between 150,000 to 250,000 nightlife workers were affected by the lockdowns.

Jeremy Lim, vice-president of the Restaurant and Bistro Owners Association, told Free Malaysia Today he agreed with the current “no dancing” rule in favour of public health, though he said these rules should be adjusted according to the country’s hospitalisation and infectivity rates.

As of May 10, Malaysia has reported 22,953 active COVID-19 cases. The country has reported a total of 4.4million cases since the pandemic began, and 35,590 total deaths from the virus.

Club Kyō in Kuala Lumpur celebrated the impending return to business on social media, declaring on May 9: “It’s about time!”

It's about time! ✨#letskyo #clubkyokl #klcc #clubbingkl #clubculture #clubbingasia #waitforit

Posted by Kyo KL on Monday, May 9, 2022

Malaysians on social media have also shared their reactions to the potential “no dancing” rule – check out some tweets below.

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On the concerts front, Malaysia will welcome the likes of Justin Bieber and Russ to its shores in October and November respectively – its first major shows since April 2020. July will also see the return of Penang’s Northern Music Festival led by pop-punk outfit One Buck Short, metalcore band Massacre Conspiracy and punk trio No Good.

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