By Karen Bong
KUCHING, May 12: The operating time for economic sectors allowed to reopen under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) has been adjusted to 7am to 10pm for Sarawak.
State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas informed the latest adjustment on the time restriction under CMCO for Sarawak during the daily press conference on Covid-19 today.
“There are different time for different economic sectors, but it is up to the businesses to decide on their operating hours to suit their needs.
“But the earliest to open is 7am and the latest to close is 10pm,” he said.
As for the hotel sector, Uggah pointed out that the standard operating procedures (SOP) have been fine-tuned and will be issued to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture soon.
“For economic sectors which have reopened, the notification is for the purpose to ensure sectors practice the SOP to balance economic activities and health.
“The enforcement team will monitor and assist in ensuring that SOP is implemented smoothly,” he added.
Meanwhile, the CMCO has been extended for another four weeks from May 12 until June 9.
With most economic sectors and activities have resumed operations in Sarawak starting today, all sectors including the public are however required to strictly comply with social distancing rule and SOP enforced under the CMCO.
For the food and beverage sector comprising of eatery outlets, restaurants, food courts, hawker centres, roadside food stalls and kiosks, the operating hours allowed are from 7am to 10pm.
For businesses without premises, temporary hawkers or roadside stalls, food trucks and mobile hawkers can operate from 7am to 10pm while designated markets can operate from 7am to 11am.
Sheltered fresh and wet markets can operate from 6am to 6pm.
Mini marts, supermarkets, grocery stores and variety stores, the operating hours are from 8am to 8pm.
Shopping malls, hypermarkets, departmental stores, pharmacies and boutiques are allowed to operate from 10am to 10pm.
Laundry and dry cleaning shops including launderette (self-service) can operate from 9am to 10pm but folding clothes in the premises are prohibited.
Car workshops, maintenance works and auto parts and accessories supply can operate from 8am to 9pm while petrol stations from 7am to 7pm.
Fashion and accessories retailers are allowed to open from 9am to 10pm but fitting rooms are to be closed as customers are not allowed to try-on clothes.
Outlets for furniture, hardware, stationary, jewelry, optical care and pet shops are allowed to operate from 10am to 8pm.
Public and rural libraries, as well as mobile libraries, are allowed to open from 10am to 5pm but will need to reduce capacity by 50 per cent.
For land transportation sector, public stage buses, licensed vans, taxis and e-hailing services can operate from 6am to 11pm, regional buses are to operate 24 hours.
For river transportation, boat operators can operate between 6am to 6pm.
In the sports and recreation sector, management office, outdoor venues as well as permitted outdoor sports and recreational activities can only open from 6.30am to 7pm but crowd is limited to 10 person only for group activity and subjected to social distancing rule.— DayakDaily