Since Malaysia lifted city-wide lockdown restrictions back in early October, life has begun returning normalcy with more people going out and about today.
According to mobility change reports by by Google, there has been a significant shift in the amount of time people are spending outdoors today.
Time spent at home has fallen significantly
Back in July 2021, Google reported an increase of time spent at home by up to 37.5%, at the height of the city-wide lock-downs.
As of 1st November 2021, this figure now stands at 12% — a drop of over 68%.
In other words, more people are going out.
Retail and recreation is recovering
In addition to more outdoor activity, retail and recreation sectors have also begun showing signs of significant recovery.
As of 1st November 2021, traffic to retail and recreational areas are close to pre-pandemic levels, especially in dining and shopping sectors.
Back in July 2021, Google reported a 61% drop in mobility in retail and recreation areas, but this figure now stands at -12% today.
Recovery to pre-pandemic levels
Malaysia is recovering, and spending is gradually rising among the population.
While it is still too early to tell if another possible lock-down could take place, it appears that the country has found a balance between controlling the pandemic and reopening its economy.