Dine-in ban in Southern Region extended until Sept 19, but takeaways allowed until 10pm

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Sept 3: Dine-in ban in Sarawak’s Southern Region has been extended for two more weeks until Sept 19, but food and beverage (F&B) outlets are allowed to operate for takeaways until 10pm.

The districts in the Southern Region include Kuching, Lundu, Bau, Serian, Tebedu, Samarahan, Asajaya and Simunjan.

This is the second time that State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has decided to extend the no dining-in measure, which was initially scheduled to be lifted on Sept 5, to stem Covid-19 spread by limiting the movement of people in public places.

In its daily updates on Covid-19 situation in Sarawak, SDMC also announced that the operation hours for food premises and restaurants serving takeaways and deliveries have been lengthened from 5am to 10pm.

However, operation hours for other businesses and activities allowed were maintained from 5am until 8pm.

In addition, the night curfew will be relaxed by two hours in the Southern Region.

Instead of starting at 10pm, the night curfew timing has been revised to 12 midnight to 5am in which individuals and groups of people will not be permitted in public places without reasonable excuses.

The latest orders take effect immediately from today onward.

SDMC has previously pointed out that tough decisions needed to be made to respond and tackle the Covid-19 in the State from time to time in accordance with the situation. — DayakDaily