Eateries limited to 50 pct dine-in capacity from May 7-17

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By Adrian Lim and Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 6: Eateries and food stalls are only allowed to seat dine-in customers at 50 per cent capacity with a maximum of 100 persons, effective tomorrow until May 17 under stricter circuit breaker measures announced today to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Sarawak.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) emphasised that the decision to tighten existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) was made after evaluating the risks and given the current increasing trend of Covid-19 infections.

The stricter SOPs will come into effect tomorrow (May 7) until May 17 and be applicable throughout Sarawak on top of general SOPs issued on April 26 as well as other restrictions implemented in certain districts such as Sibu, Miri, Bintulu, Betong and Kapit.

Zones which currently implement no dine-in restrictions include Sibu, Sarikei, Selangau, Kanowit, Betong, Bintulu and Kapit due to the high risk of exposure.

Under these restrictions, only shop operators and workers are allowed to handle food items during purchase.

Meanwhile, Sarawak reported 391 new Covid-19 cases today, out of which 252 or 64.45 per cent of the cases were detected in Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, Kapit and Kuching.

Sibu topped the list of districts with the highest number of daily infections at 88 cases followed by Bintulu (55), Miri (50), Kapit (33), Kuching (26), Selangau (23), Sri Aman (19), Samarahan and Kanowit (11 each), Sarikei and Mukah (10 each), Pakan (8), Julau (7), Subis and Serian (6 each), Meradong and Tebedu (5 each), Bau (4), Sebauh, Tatau and Song (3 each), Saratok (2) while Betong, Daro and Belaga has one case each.

Sarawak also recorded five Covid-19 fatalities.

The State’s tally of positive cases now stands at 33,477 while its death toll rises to 195. — DayakDaily