No cross district movements, except for essential services, emergencies with police permit until June 14

File photo menunjukkan polis memeriksa kenderaan di sebuah sekatan jalan raya.

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 31: With the new inter-district travel restrictions imposed, people are now not allowed to even move between Kuching and Samarahan or Bau and Serian, except for essential services, workers in essential services and emergencies with police permit or letters from employers.

The travel restrictions were revised just days after Sarawak enforced the MCO standard operating procedures (SOP) which previously put a curb on inter-zone travel but it has been reverted to inter-district today.

It will take effect throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO) which has been extended to June 14.

There are 40 districts in Sarawak namely Kuching, Bau, Lundu, Samarahan, Asajaya, Simunjan, Serian, Tebedu, Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Betong, Saratok, Pusa, Kabong, Sarikei, Meradong, Julau, Pakan, Sibu, Kanowit, Selangau, Mukah, Dalat, Matu, Daro, Tanjung Manis, Bintulu, Tatau, Sebauh, Kapit, Belaga, Song, Bukit Mabong, Miri, Marudi, Subis, Beluru, Telang Usan, Limbang and Lawas.

The operation hours for all sectors of economy and industry as well as activities permitted with strict restrictions remained from 6am to 8pm, except for certain essential services such as public and private hospitals and clinics which are allowed to operate at full capacity without time limit.

The night curfew from 10pm to 5am is also maintained as people are not allowed to be out in public places without good reason; except for Bintulu, Tatau and Sebauh districts with curfew from 8pm to 5am.

No more than two people are allowed to gather at public places without good reason.

As per latest SOP, individuals and groups are only allowed to go out for purpose of carrying out official duties, in the essential services and activities supporting the chains of essential services, to seek medical treatment, to get food supply, daily necessities, medication and diet supplements, and attending to Covid-19 vaccination appointments.

High-risk individuals are not encouraged to go out and children below the age of 12 are not allowed in public places, open areas and crowded areas without reasonable excuse.

The ban on inter-state travel will be maintained except with police permit and subjected to approval from the State Disaster Management Committee through EnterSarawak app including health declaration.— DayakDaily