Operating hours revised for supermarkets, shopping malls, retail stores, laundrettes in 7th CMCO

An updated standard operating procedures (SOPs) on the operating hours of supermarkets, shopping malls, retail stores and laundrette issued by SDMC today.

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, April 14: The operating hours for supermarkets, shopping malls, retail stores and laundrettes have been revised to 6am until 10pm from 6am until 12pm during the seventh Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period, which is scheduled to run from April 13 to 26.

According to updated guidelines for the prevention of Covid-19 issued by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) today, those outlets are required to follow the latest business operating hours as part of the standard operating procedures (SOPs).


Last Sunday, the National Security Council (MKN) in a notice said supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are also allowed to operate in accordance to SOPs from 6am until 12 midnight.

Meanwhile, eateries which include restaurants, food trucks, food courts and hawker stalls are allowed to operate with SOPs compliance from 6am until 12 midnight.

SDMC added that wholesale markets, farmers markets and night markets are allowed to operate until 10pm with surveillance from local authorities and the observation from the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela).

Nonetheless, it stressed that farmers markets, night markets, uptown and downtown markets in Covid-19 red zones are not allowed to operate.

The SOPs which are specially focusing on Sibu issued by SDMC today.

As for Sibu, SDMC said essential services are allowed to operate from 6am until 8pm only.

Workers for essential services must reduce their workforce by 50 per cent and they are required to obtain permits from the police for their movement.

SDMC added the operation of other economic sectors was not allowed.

It disclosed that Sibu Central Market is not permitted to operate while sports, spa, reflexology and night clubs are also not allowed to open.

In the meantime, the capacity of each private vehicle in Sibu is limited to three passengers.

Apart from that, seven zones in Sibu namely Sukun, Mantis, Poh Yew, Bukit Lima, Tong Sang, Pusat Bandar and Tiong Hua are subject to the targetted enhanced movement control order (TEMCO). — DayakDaily