Full vaccination compulsory for market, hawker and coffeeshop operators starting Oct 1, else to be closed down

Wee talking about Covid-19 vaccination certificates for markets and hawker centres under MBKS jurisdiction.

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Sept 11: All employees in markets, hawker centres and coffeeshops under the Kuching South City Council (MBKS) jurisdiction must be fully vaccinated starting Oct 1.

MBKS mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng said it will be a trial run in September where actions will not be taken against those not vaccinated, but it will be different starting next month.

“Starting Oct 1, if any hawkers, traders or operators were to be found not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated, we will not let them operate,” he said.

However, he pointed out that about 90 per cent of the premises under MBKS have already completed the criteria and their Covid-19 vaccination certificates will be distributed starting next week.

As for private premises such as shopping malls and restaurants also in MBKS area, Wee expressed hope that they could do the same.

If these employers ever wish to apply for the vaccination certificates from MBKS, they are welcomed to send their details to the council for verification.

“Having the vaccination certificate is also to assure your customers that it is safe to enter your premises. So, I hope for everyone’s cooperation in this matter,” he said during his weekly Facebook live today.

Meanwhile, he revealed that he will be having a Zoom meeting this coming Tuesday (Sept 14) with the Sarawak Coffeeshop and Restaurant Owners’ Association, as well as some restaurant owners to discuss the standard operating procedure (SOP) regarding ventilation.

Infectious disease specialist Dr Ooi Mong How and health physician Prof Soo from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) are also invited to provide professional advice on the matter.

Wee said such sharing sessions will be set up continuously with different business sectors so that they could be more prepared when businesses are allowed to fully operate. — Dayakdaily