New SDMC SOPs highlight interstate travel and cross-district movement for vaccinated individuals

Police personnel manning a roadblock in Kuching in this file photo.

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Aug 13: Cross-district movement is still not permitted without a police permit while interstate travel for long-distance spouses or parents who are fully vaccinated is permitted, subject to conditions set by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) during both Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).

According to SDMC’s newly released standard operating procedures (SOPs), fully vaccinated long-distance spouses and parents who wish to visit their children below 18-years-old may apply for interstate travel through the Enter Sarawak app and Health Information Declaration.

Traveling to Enhanced Movement Control Order areas, however, is not allowed unless a police permit is obtained.

For the private sector, cross-district travel for commercial vehicles is allowed with the condition that the travellers must be fully vaccinated. This applies also for individuals traveling for official government affairs.

For workers who need to commute between different districts on a daily basis, a police permit and a letter from their employers are required to allow them to undertake cross-district travel.

Private individuals who are fully vaccinated are also permitted to undertake inter-district travel after obtaining a police permit.

Meanwhile, high-risk individuals are discouraged from leaving their homes while children aged 12 and below are not allowed to go out into public, open and crowded areas without reasonable excuse.

In terms of operating capacity, the public service is subject to the instruction of the State Secretary of Sarawak and the Federal Secretary of Sarawak while for the private sector, the permitted employee working capacity including operation and management is limited to a maximum of 80 per cent at any one time.

The employer will be responsible to ensure that employees’ schedules are in compliance with SDMC SOPs. — DayakDaily