Bintulu SOP: Only 1 person per private vehicle allowed to travel for daily necessities within 10km radius

Police conducting checks on cars at a roadblock in this file photo.

BINTULU, May 26: Only one person is allowed in a private vehicle and to go out for daily necessities in Bintulu as its Divisional Disaster Management Committee (Bintulu DDMC) tightened restrictions to control movement of people in the division effective today until June 7.

These latest additional restrictions have just been imposed in Bintulu under the current Conditional Movement Control Order’s (CMCO) standard operating procedures (SOP).

However, Bintulu DDMC emphasised that considerations to allow more than one passenger in a private vehicle will be given to cases like medical emergencies and the elderly who do not know how to drive but have follow-up appointments or require treatment at clinics and hospitals.

In addition, e-hailing or taxi services are allowed to pick up two passengers to travel in one vehicle.

As per the SOP, the number of passengers allowed in a private vehicle in Bintulu Division is now capped to one person only but an exception is given to private vehicles from outside of Bintulu which will be based on the vehicle capacity including mandatory negative swab test results and police permit.

Only one person from a household is allowed to go out to get food supply medication, dietary supplements and other daily necessities within a 10km radius of their homes or the nearest destination to homes if the essential supply cannot be found within the limited distance.

The Bintulu community is also reminded that high-risk individuals and children below 12 years of age are not allowed to go out to public places, open areas and crowded places.

Note also that people — either individuals or in groups — are not allowed to be in public places in Bintulu after 8pm without a reasonable excuse.

Movement between divisions and inter-district crossing within Bintulu Zone is not allowed except for essential services and emergencies.

Apart from police permits, logistic vehicle drivers also need to produce negative Covid-19 swab test results with seven days validity, instead of 14-days.

The number of people allowed in commercial or essential services vehicles related to economic activities and industries is based on the respective trading vehicle license registration.

As for entry into Bintulu by air, sea and land from overseas, Peninsula Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan, rT-PCR test results are not required but it is mandatory for all arrivals to undergo a 14-day quarantine in Bintulu.

Swab tests for arrivals under quarantine will be carried out on the second and tenth days at the quarantine centre. — DayakDaily