No leisure fishing; bookstores, toys stores, plant nurseries and gardens not allowed to open

Leisure fishing and bookstores are among the activities in the negative list of the current MCO SOP.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, June 1: Stores selling books and stationery, toys, sports and fitness equipment, furniture, jewellery, fashion, apparel and accessories as well as plant nurseries and gardens are not allowed to operate during current Movement Control Order (MCO) which has been extended until June 14.

As per latest MCO standard operating procedures (SOP), leisure fishing activity except for fishermen carrying out fishing for livelihood, apart from outdoor photography are not permitted during MCO.

Businesses that are to remain closed include 4D outlets such as those owned by Sports Toto, Magnum and Cash Sweep, horse racing, barbershops and hair salons, car wash centres as well as car accessories shops.

All other non-essential businesses that are still not permitted to operate are cybercafes, facial and beauty centres as well as manicure and pedicure centres.

These are on top of the existing activities in the negative list which are not allowed to open namely night clubs, pubs, cinemas, karaokes including family karaokes, massage centres, spa and reflexology centres and wellness centres.

All social activities and gathering including wedding, engagement, marriage solemnisation (“akad nikah”), reception, “aqiqah” ceremony, thanksgiving, “tahlil”, birthday and anniversary celebrations, reunion and retreat are not allowed to be held and organised.

In general, any activities that would gather a group of people in an area to the extend that physical distancing measures and compliance with SOP cannot be adhered to are strictly prohibited.— DayakDaily