Consider implementing ‘customers with vaccinated card’ rule, Masing tells hawkers

Tan Sri Dr James Masing

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KUCHING, July 7: Hawkers and petty traders can consider implementing a ‘customers with vaccinated card’ rule at their premises as a precaution against Covid-19, which would allow only customers who have been vaccinated to be served.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said the reason for this is basically a precaution for everyone, be it sellers or customers because the virus will be around for a while and society must learn to live with it.

He was responding to Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) Market & Petty Traders chairman Albert Tiang’s call to push for hawkers and petty traders to get their Covid-19 vaccination as soon as possible.

“Pushing for the vaccination is the right thing to do, not just for their own protection but to enable these people to open their businesses. Once fully vaccinated, they can resume their businesses and slowly return to normalcy.

“However, in order to prevent further occurrence of Covid-19, these hawkers and petty traders can put a stipulation by accepting only customers with vaccinated cards at their premises,” Masing said in a statement.

If this can be done, he believes that lockdowns such as the current Movement Control Order (MCO) or even the white flag movement will be a thing of the past as people can return to work.

Yesterday, Tiang said he seeks to vaccinate 100 per cent of its 1,600 to 1,700 licensed hawkers and those with temporary permits against Covid-19 to regain public confidence so that customers will return to their shops. — DayakDaily