MBKS officers to visit coffee shops, eateries to check on SOP compliance for dine-in

Wee (left) arranging one of the tables and chairs of a coffee shop to ensure it complies with the SOP outlined.

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KUCHING, Sept 20: Kuching South City Council (MBKS) officers will be going around coffee shops and eateries within its jurisdiction to check on the compliance of standard operating procedures (SOP) in view of dine-in in southern zone of Sarawak being allowed from today onwards.

Its mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng also reminded the public and food operators that once the arrangement of the tables and chairs has been done according to the SOPs, they are advised not to re-arrange it.

“Everyone need to play their role as to avoid the increase of positive cases in Kuching by following the SOPs.

“With everyone’s cooperation, the coffee shops and eateries will be able to operate as usual since more economic sectors will be opening soon,” he said.

In the meantime, Wee together with MBKS councillors, officers and MBKS Social Distancing Ambassadors (SDAs) went to ICOM Square at Jalan Pending today to check on the compliance of SOP by the operators of business premises as the ban on dine-in in Kuching was lifted.

He explained that checking on the SOPs for coffee shops and eateries were one of the essential things to do.

Wee added the inspection done was to check the table and chairs arrangement in the coffee shops and eateries to be properly set as to ensure the social distancing within the premises.

During the site inspection, Wee said MBKS officers as well as MBKS SDAs were assisting the coffee shops and eateries to re-arrange the tables and chairs so that the operators will be able to oversee and monitor the number of diners as they need to alert with the capacity of the premises allowed for dine-in.

Wee (seated left) stretching his hands to ensure that the one metre social distancing was being practiced at a coffee shop.

He added business owners or operators can refer to MBKS Public Health and Licensing Division if there is any query on the arrangement of tables and chairs in the premises.

Wee said food and beverage operators are advised to make sure the fans are in good condition and ensure the fans are switched on at all times.

On the other hand, Wee reminded coffee shops and eateries operators to ensure their workers were fully vaccinated before they are allowed to work.

Adding on, Wee urges coffee shops, eateries and the public to follow strictly the SOP for dine-in as laid out by State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) as well as be alert with the changes of SOPs announced by SDMC.

He also reminded the public to keep on wearing their face masks before and after having a meal.

“For the public, if you are not feeling well, please do self-test for Covid-19 or go for (Rapid Test Kit) RTK test before you go for further health check-up.

“Avoid going out to the public when you are not feeling well because it could be dangerous to you and also to the high-risk group of people.

“This is one of our social responsibility and everyone need to play their role seriously as we need to ensure everyone is safe and also to minimise the potential spread of the Covid-19,” he added. — DayakDaily