KUCHING, Jan 26: In view of 21 positive Covid-19 cases yesterday in Miri Division, Miri City Council (MCC) is tightening up the enforcement of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in town area.
“Miri is still a red zone with CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order) in place. Yesterday, there were 10 positive cases and 11 positive cases at Subis. The situation was still very serious.
“In view of this situation, Miri City Council had released a notice to remind public to join hands with authorities to fight the COVID 19 pandemic by strictly observing the SOP like wearing face masks at public places, maintaining social distancing, sanitizing hands regularly and refraining from traveling to rural areas and vice versa unless absolutely necessary.
“Miri City Council will tighten up the enforcement of all the SOP compliances, in addition to the other council’s stipulated requirements,” said MCC mayor Adam Yii in a press statement today.
To ensure enforcement, Yii went with a team of council’s officers and six enforcement personnel to monitor SOP compliance for both council’s setup at the market and the hawkers as well as the customers at the Central Market.
He found that most of the stalls at Central Market were open for business though the crowd was noticeably less than normal and believed that it was basically due to the CMCO.
The MCC team then went to the Open Air Market, where not many stalls were open.
“I was told that most of them were cleaning up and doing some renovating to their stalls before opening. Moreover, the upgrading works were not completely finished with many loose ends still needing completion and touch up. The contractor would be given a serious warning for the slow pace of work progress,” said Yii.
Meanwhile, Yii also reminded the food hawkers not to discharge used cooking oil into the drain as this would cause foul smell and drain clogging. And they should handle their food waste properly so as not to attract rats coming back to the market.
The team moved on to Old Man Street at Persiaran Kabor where they noticed that the SOP was generally well observed with the exception of one table. — DayakDaily