Only 2 persons allowed in private cars on essential run and up to three for emergencies

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 31: Only two persons are allowed to travel in a private vehicle as Sarawak tightened restrictions to limit the movement of people throughout Movement Control Order (MCO) which has been extended to June 14.

However, the capacity can be increased to three persons for security or emergencies, healthcare services, medical treatments and medication.

These restrictions were revised just days after Sarawak enforced the MCO standard operating procedures (SOP) which takes effect from today until June 14.

People are only allowed to go out to carry out official duties, provide essential services and activities supporting essential services, get essential supplies such as food, daily necessities, medication and diet supplements as well as to seek medical treatments and attend to Covid-19 vaccination appointments.

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

As per SOP, the passengers capacity for logistic vehicles carrying goods and providing essential services will depend on the capacity permitted as stated in their trading vehicle’s registration license with police permit, employer letter and work pass.

It is mandatory for drivers and workers operating trading and logistic vehicles as well as providing essential services and those supporting economic and industrial chain of activities to be screened for Covid-19 every two weeks, except for Bintulu, Tatau and Sebauh which require a seven-day validity for negative Covid-19 test result to move in and out of the districts.

Apart from that, police permit is also required for those who need to travel across district periodically or frequently to carry out their duties.

All drivers and passengers are to take precautionary measures of wearing face masks and observe physical distancing at all times within the vehicles.

Public transport services will have to operate at 50 per cent capacity to avoid overcrowding. — DayakDaily