Malls, pharmacies, beauty centres and fashion boutiques need to follow SOPs upon reopening

The SOPs which are specified by the State Disaster Management Committee for business resuming operations on May 12.

KUCHING, May 9: Shopping malls, departmental stores, pharmacies, beauty care centres, fashion boutiques are required to follow the relevant guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) when reopening their businesses on May 12.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a guideline for reopening of social and economic sectors said this category of business need to perform cleaning and disinfection exercises three times daily.

The committee stated those included public areas such as the washroom, store, office, surau and counters.

For customer management, the committee recommended limiting the number of visitors entering the premises at any one point of time and control the entry and exit points.

It advised mall operators to get the body temperature of their staff and business suppliers recorded.


Their staff are advised to wear face masks while on duty at all times.

They are also required to provide hand sanitizers to visitors who are entering the shopping area.

At the same time, mall operators are encouraged to conduct public health awareness programme especially relating to the prevention of Covid-19.

Their business hours are from 10 am to 10 pm while they are allowed to open from 8 am to 11 pm.

As for laundrettes including self-service laundrettes and retail fashion outlets, they are also required to perform cleaning and disinfection of their business premises three times a day.

However, their business hours are from 9 am to 10 pm while they are allowed to open from 8 am to 10 pm.

For furniture, goldsmith, electric and electronic, stationery, hardware, animal food and optical shops, they are also required to follow the similar SOPs by performing cleaning and disinfecting of their shops three times daily.

They are advised to provide hand sanitizers for customers and encourage staff and customers to wear face masks within their premises.

For furniture, goldsmith, electric and electrical, stationery, hardware, animal food and optical shops, their business operating hours are from 10 am to 8 pm.

For car repair and spare parts shops, their business hours are from 8 am to 9 pm.

Business owners are required to ensure the social distancing rule of one metre are being observed at all times by their staff and customers.

SDMC noted business operators are required to provide hand sanitizers at the entrance for their staff, suppliers and customers.

Besides, they are required to record down the body temperatures of their workers as well as customers and limit the number of customers inside their premises at any one point of time.—DayakDaily