Quarantine for overseas returnees, mask-wearing mandatory from Aug 1

A file photo of people waiting in line at the immigration of Kuching International Airport (KIA).

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, July 24: All Sarawakians returning from overseas using flights and transiting via Peninsula Malaysia, Labuan, Sabah, Brunei or Singapore will have to undergo 14-days quarantine at their final destination.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas informed that the returnees will be quarantined at designated facilities or hotels which have been identified by the state government.

“Part of them returning from overseas will also complete their 14-days quarantine in Kuala Lumpur before returning to Sarawak,” he told a Covid-19 press conference here today.

Meanwhile, it will be compulsory to wear face masks or coverings in public places from Aug 1.

“It will be compulsory to wear mask in public places including public transport, shopping malls, market, food outlets and grocery stores,” he said.

Uggah thus urged the public to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOP) and safety guidelines issued, otherwise those who broke the rules and regulations will have to face the consequences.

“Yesterday, I represented Chief Minister (Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg) to attend the national level Covid-19 pandemic meeting (at Putrajaya).

“In the meeting, it was highlighted that the public are beginning to let their guard down, especially not observing social distancing and wearing face masks in public places,” he emphasised.

The Deputy Chief Minister thus warned that stricter actions will be taken against Malaysians and Sarawakians who do not comply with the SOP including wearing of face mask come Aug 1.

“The lack of compliance with SOP can lead to a lot of problems in the spread of infections.

“As such, it is time to take stricter actions as the Prime Minister (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin)has instructed the police to ensure strict compliance of SOP among the public including wearing of face mask,” he cautioned.—DayakDaily