Gyms, exercise studios, pubs, karaoke, massage centres, beauty salons in Sarawak to stay shut under Phase 2 of NRP

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, July 14: Gyms, exercise studios, pubs, karaoke outlets, massage centres, spa and reflexology centres and beauty salons including those offering pedicures and manicures will stay shut despite Sarawak transitioning into Phase 2 of National Recovery Plan (NRP) today.

As per the updated standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Phase 2 of the NRP issued yesterday, other services and activities still not permitted to resume include cybercafes, cinemas, family karaokes, live performances at hotel lounges and indoor or outdoor busking.

In brief, any activity that would cause the gathering of a large group of people to the extent that physical and social distancing cannot be practised is not permitted to be conducted.

This includes corporate events as well as MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) which are not allowed to be organised during this phase.

Social events such as parties, weddings, marriage solemnisations, engagements, receptions, thanksgiving events, birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, retreats, and similar activities are strictly prohibited.

Any activities that involved the movement and mass gathering of people such as fun runs, fun rides, marathons, triathlons and others cannot be organised.

Tourism-related activities remained prohibited and as such, tourism attractions such as zoos, farms, aquariums, edutainment centres, extreme or adventure or nature parks are to remain closed.

This includes premises for arts, culture and heritage including museums, libraries, art galleries, heritage villages or cultural centres as well as stage cultural performances and others.

The operation of theme parks and family entertainment centres, however, are subjected to SOPs issued by the Ministry of Local Government and Housing. — DayakDaily