By Karen Bong
KUCHING, Aug 5: Police have arrested an Indonesian worker at a convenience store in Kota Samarahan for violating the standard operating procedure (SOP) today.
State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a statement, also reported that 13 compound notices have been issued to violators for failing to adhere to the SOP.
Five compound notices were issued in Kota Samarahan, Miri (4), Padawan (2) and one each in Sarikei and Betong.
Meanwhile, a total of 11 cars have been ordered to turn back at Sri Aman and Simunjan roadblocks for failing to produce inter-zone travel permits.
Of the 1,762 vehicles passing through the two roadblocks, SDMC said that 1,751 have obtained permissions from the police.
The roadblocks were set up following the inter-zone travel restrictions being imposed in Sarawak from Aug 1 to 14 to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Anyone who wants to travel between the zones must obtain permission from the police first and exemptions will be given for those on official duty, those who need to travel due to death or critical illness in the family or go for a medical check-up.
Zone 1 consisted of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisions while Zone 2 covered Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu, Kapit, Mukah, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang.
Under Ops Benteng operation, 961 vehicles passing through the six roadblocks mounted in five districts have been inspected.
There were two roadblocks set up in Lundu, and one each in Bau, Lundu, Sri Aman and Lubok Antu.
On SOP compliance, checks were carried out in 2,071 premises throughout Sarawak involving 383 supermarkets, restaurants (485), factories (19), banks (164), government offices (96), hawkers (39), markets (109), houses of worship (99), recreational areas (47), construction sites (15) and others (615).
SDMC reiterated that police will continue to tighten the SOP including mandatory wearing of face masks in public places. —DayakDaily