Cinemas, fitness studios still not allowed to open in NRP Phase 3

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Aug 17: Cinemas, cineplexes and fitness studios offering yoga, zumba and related workout classes are still not allowed to open in districts under Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).

These two activities have been added back to the negative list of the standard operating procedures (SOP) of Phase 3, which takes effect from Aug 13.


Most districts in Sarawak are still under Phase 3, except for Kuching, Lundu, Bau, Serian, Tebedu, Samarahan, Asajaya and Simunjun which are still under Phase 2 due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases.

As per the updated SOP, a number of activities remain prohibited since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was instated, including massage centres, spa and reflexology, wellness, beauty salons as well as manicure and pedicure.

Others include night clubs or pubs, karaokes including family karaokes, theme parks, family amusement centres, live performances at hotel’s lounge as well as indoor and outdoor busking.

Social events like weddings, wedding solemnisation, engagements, receptions, ‘aqiqah’ ceremony, thanksgiving, ‘tahlil’, anniversaries, birthdays and other related activities cannot be organised.

Any activities that would involve the movement and gathering of people to the extent that physical distancing measures cannot be observed such as fun run, fun ride, marathon and triathlon are strictly prohibited.

Any activities that will cause people to gather in a place until physical distance measures cannot be practiced and comply with the instructions issued by the Health authorities are not allowed.

Inter-state travel is prohibited unless with a police permit while entry into Sarawak is subjected to the approval from State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) through EnterSarawak app and health declaration.

However, travel restrictions have been eased for fully vaccinated individuals especially parents and guardians to visit their children below the age of 18, which are also subjected to the terms and conditions issued by SDMC. — DayakDaily