By Karen Bong
KUCHING, June 10: Gyms, beauty salons and nail parlours in Sarawak are only permitted to reopen from June 17 as the standard operating procedure (SOP) is still being finalised.
The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has not given a specific date for these businesses to operate yet.
According to the Deputy Chief Minister Office, business operators in this sector must wait for the SOP to be issued before they can resume operations.
This was in response to many queries from gym, beauty and nail salon operators on when they would be allowed to reopen when hair salons and barbershops had resumed business yesterday (June 9).
As the country, including Sarawak entered the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) phase today, all activities permitted in Sarawak will only be allowed to resume starting June 17.
SDMC yesterday highlighted that they were looking into the SOP for activities permitted to resume in order to enhance the guidelines according to the conditions in Sarawak as some conditions may not be suitable or needed to be adjusted.
The activities permitted under RMCO in Sarawak are inter-district travel, day and night markets, domestic tourism, Hari Raya Haji and Korban celebration, phased opening of schools, laundromat services, pond fishing, bicycling and convoys, non-body contact sports such as bowling and badminton, business hours returning to normal according to respective SOPs as well as meetings and workshops.
The activities not allowed to resume yet include pubs and night clubs, entertainment outlets, reflexology centres, karaoke, theme parks, mass religious parades, ‘kenduri-kendara’, open houses, contact sports including swimming, rugby, football, hockey and others, overseas travel, borders remain closed and activities that involved the attendance of many people.
Meanwhile, public gatherings are allowed for a maximum of 100 persons only but subjected to the size of the venue where events are held starting from June 10.—DayakDaily