Private sector can operate at 100 pct capacity, gatherings allowed subject to SOP

SOP for employment activity capacity under Phase 4 of the NRP in Sarawak.

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, Jan 3: As Sarawak moves into Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) today, the private sector is allowed to operate at 100 per cent capacity provided that all employees have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 unless stated otherwise in any part of the standard operating procedure (SOP).

In a statement today, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said employers are responsible for ensuring that health protocols are adhered to throughout operations at their respective premises.

Meanwhile, the operating capacity of the public service is subject to circulars and directives issued by the State Secretary of Sarawak and the Federal Secretary of Sarawak.

SDMC also mentioned that seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, talks, briefings, and programmes are allowed subject to the SOP in force.

Also permitted are in-service training and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions).

“Meetings are also permitted subject to the SOP in force. However, meetings are encouraged to be conducted by video conference,” it said.

The committee, however, strongly encourages hybrid implementation of physical and virtual presence. The organiser is solely responsible for ensuring that only individuals who have been fully vaccinated are allowed to attend, subject to the capacity of the space with social distancing practices.

Participants are also encouraged to conduct self-screening tests first.

Additionally, SDMC informed that the movement of an official vehicle of a government department or post is allowed according to the vehicle’s seating capacity.

On the other hand, public transport services such as stop buses, express buses, express boats, taxis, e-hailing, vehicles carrying workers such as buses or workers’ vans, and other public transport are allowed to operate subject to a ruling by the Sarawak Ministry of Transport.

“The number of persons allowed in the vehicle carrying necessary goods and services as well as the chain of economic and industrial activities depends on the commercial vehicle registration license.

“The number of persons including drivers in private vehicles is according to the capacity of the vehicle,” the committee emphasised. ― DayakDaily