F&B operators allowed to eat within premises, must produce identification documents first

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

MIRI, May 24: Eatery operators are allowed to take food and drink inside their premises on the condition that they produce the necessary documentation to prove their identities.

Miri City Council (MCC) said the documentation can be in the form of council licences, Certificates of Health Fitness for the workers, Food Handling Certificates and so on.

“The operator will only be allowed to provide a table and a few chairs for such purpose,” it said in a statement today.

The council added that business premises must not display serving tables and chairs inside or outside the premises particularly along the ‘kaki lima’ (five-foot-way).

“Only some chairs at reasonable distance apart can be placed for customers waiting to collect their takeaway items,” it added.

The two measures, disclosed by MCC on May 22, are additional conditions attached to the latest standard operating procedures (SOPs) for food and beverage (F&B) outlets which only permit preparation of food and drinks for takeaways, deliveries or drive-thru (‘pandu lalu’) while dining in is strictly prohibited.

The council also reminded the public that if F&B operators failed to comply with the above mentioned additional conditions, they are liable for legal action to be taken against them.

“Apart from that, they may also face withdrawal of approval for business operations or any other related actions to be determined by Miri Divisional Disaster Management Committee (MDDMC), the police and other enforcement agencies.

“The additional conditions are imposed so as to specify the restriction in order to avoid any misunderstanding and unnecessary grievances,” the council emphasised. — DayakDaily