Regular cross-district transporters to conduct mandatory self-screening every 7 days

Part of the SOPs released by SDMC, to be effective on Oct 1, 2021.

KUCHING, Sept 30: Transporters of food supplies, daily essentials and supply chain activities whose job involves regular cross-district travelling are required to conduct mandatory RTK Antigen tests or self-screening tests using self-screening kits approved by the Health Ministry every seven days, apart from having to present a police permit or a letter of authorisation from their respective employers.

In the newly released standard operating procedures (SOP,) cross-district movement of commercial vehicles, public transport vehicles and official government affairs are permissible for individuals who are fully vaccinated.

This was outlined in the SOP released by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) following the announcement of the Southern Region joining the rest of Sarawak in Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) effective Oct 1.


Apart from more relaxed cross-district travel restrictions, business operators or employers must ensure to follow the measures outlined in the SOPs, such as:

▪ Employees to check in using the MySejahtera app or manually when coming to work.
▪ Symptomatic employees are not permitted to work and are required to go for a Covid-19 screening test at nearby health clinics.
▪ Employees identified as a Person Under Surveillance (PUS) are not permitted to work until they have completed the quarantine period and are granted a Release Order by the health authorities as well as pass a prescribed Covid-19 screening test.
▪ Any employees showing symptoms such as fever, cough, cold and diarrhea must go for a Covid-19 screening test.
▪ Employees are not allowed to dine together in groups in business premises without physical distancing during breaks.
▪ Employees must wear a face cover and maintain physical distancing while in vehicles.
▪ Employers are encouraged to conduct regular random screening using a self -screening kit approved by the Ministry of Health to ensure employees are free from Covid-19.

Meanwhile, for private companies whose staff are fully vaccinated, they may operate at full capacity. For companies whose staff have yet to be fully vaccinated, the permitted workforce capacity including operations and management is limited to a maximum of 80 per cent at any one time.

Only business owners, operators and private sector employees who are fully vaccinated are allowed to work. Similarly, they are only allowed to serve customers who have completed two doses of vaccination by checking the MySejahtera digital certificates or vaccination cards of their customers.

All employees, suppliers and customers must wear face covers properly when on business premises as recommended by the Health Ministry.

For the public sector, the operating capacity is subject to the instruction by the State Secretary of Sarawak (for Sarawak government) and the Federal Secretary of Sarawak for the Federal government. — DayakDaily