Business hours readjusted to 6am-10pm in latest CMCO guidelines for Sarawak

The updated CMCO SOPs.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, April 20: Businesses, economic activities and various industries are allowed to operate as usual but the operation hours have been readjusted to 6am-10pm in compliance with their respective standard operating procedures (SOP) under the latest Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

It applies to all zones except for Sibu, Selangau, Kanowit, Betong and Bintulu.

This comes as part of circuit breaker restrictions that will be enforced for six days starting tomorrow until April 26 in Kuching Zone (including Samarahan and Serian divisions), Sri Aman, Sarikei Zone (including Betong Division), Mukah, Bintulu, Miri, Beluru, Subis, Telang Usan, Marudi, Limbang, Sibu, Kanowit, Selangau, Kapit, Song, Belaga and Bukit Mabong.

This applied to supermarkets, shopping malls, retail stores, eateries including restaurants, food stalls, food trucks, roadside stalls, kiosks, food courts, hawker centres, grocery stores, variety stores, day markets, wholesale markets, farmers’ markets, night markets, uptown and downtown markets, petrol stations, launderettes, food delivery services, pharmacies, stores selling medication and other businesses related to daily essentials.


Eateries are allowed to offer dine-in services with compliance to physical distancing of at least one metre between customers according to the size of table.

Government and private hospitals and clinics may operate for 24 hours or according to operation hours determined by the government.

Airport and ports as well as public transportation such as public buses, express buses, ferries, airlines, taxis and e-hailing vehicles are allowed to operate according to their schedules.

All sectors and the public must continue to comply with the various SOPs in place especially physical distancing of at least one metre, wearing of face masks in public places, taking body temperatures, checking in using MySejahtera app or manual recording, observing visitor number limits and avoiding crowding in any spaces.

Wearing a face mask is compulsory in crowded public places except when in their own homes with family members, hotel rooms and private working spaces; during sports, and indoor and outdoor recreational activities; in their own vehicle with family members; in public spaces without other individuals and while dining and drinking in public places.

Movement in Enhanced MCO (EMCO) zones are not allowed except for essential services operators with police permits.

Business events such as meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE); face-to-face meetings for official business and work held in offices, hotels and other institutions; seminars, workshops, talks, training and courses; as well as official and non-official events for government and private sectors are allowed without exceeding 50 per cent premise capacity or a maximum of 100 people, and only with compliance to the respective SOPs.

Social events such as weddings, engagements, receptions, birthday celebrations, anniversary celebrations, thanksgiving events, reunions, retreats, and other social activities are allowed in Covid-19 yellow and green zones only, without exceeding 50 per cent premises capacity or a maximum of 100 people, and only with compliance to SOP. — DayakDaily