Eatery association chairman fears customers ‘scolding’ operators if asked about vaccination status

People dining-in at eateries in Phase 2 of the NRP.

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SIBU, July 21: Is imposing a restriction preventing unvaccinated people from dining-in the right move?

While some people are in favour of such a rule, Sibu Coffee Shop and Restaurant Owners Association chairman Tong Ing Kok said that it would be difficult to impose the rule due to the indifferent attitude of some customers.

“Such restrictions might help to prevent the spread of the virus, however it is not easy to impose it as we don’t know on the spot who has been vaccinated and who has not,” he said.

Tong said it is not only difficult to check as there will always be some customers who will get agitated when asked about their vaccination status.

“We will be scolded if we stop the unvaccinated from entering our premises for dine-in,” he said.

For example, he said some customers when told previously to register their name either through the MySejahtera app or in the logbook, were against it.

“Since we can’t control who can dine-in and who cannot, we however like to advise those who have not been jabbed to either not come or to take care of themselves if they are dining-in. If you think that you have not received the vaccine and want to dine-in, you should know how to take care for yourself by strictly following the SOP,” he said.

To prove his point, he pointed out that Singapore is halting dine-in at eateries starting tomorrow due to the rise in coronavirus cases in the island republic.

According to reports, a total of 13 new cases were recorded on July 20 which were linked to Jurong Fishery Port, markets and food centres.