Hair-cutting premises allowed to reopen from June 9

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, June 4: Hair salons and barber shops in Sarawak are allowed to reopen from June 9.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas however emphasised that only hair-cutting activity is allowed.

“Other services such as facials or body massage are not allowed. For facials, you can stay at home and do it on your own.

“The guidelines and standard operating procedure (SOP) will be issued but it will be mainly to ensure minimum contact and social distancing can be implemented,” he told a press conference on Covid-19 here today.

Meanwhile, Uggah disclosed that nature reserves in Samajaya, Bukit Lima, Bukit Sembiling and Piasau will be reopened on June 8 under strict SOP.

However, he added that the reopening of tuition centres including schools and kindergartens has not been decided as SDMC is still working on the SOPs.

Uggah also revealed that SDMC has sought to collaborate with police to allow Sg Asap residents to travel to Bintulu for banking purposes.

“Previously, their travel was restricted to Belaga only but the banking facilities there are limited. So we have asked the police to allow the residents to travel to Bintulu for banking matters,” he said.

On lifting inter-district travel restrictions, Uggah emphasised that if Sarawak can continue to maintain zero Covid-19 cases for 14 days until the entire Sarawak becomes a Covid-19 green zone, SDMC will reconsider whether travel restrictions need to be continued.

“We understand there are a lot of complications and so we are looking at various options with one, being whether we can limit inter-division travel or lift the restrictions entirely.

“We look at the situation in Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia, and in Sarawak, we must remember that a lot of our cases are imported cases so that’s why quarantine is currently still imposed,” he said.

The quarantine order, he added, will be maintained until June 9 whereby Sarawakians returning from overseas will need to undergo quarantine either in the peninsula or Sarawak. — DayakDaily