Retail, wholesale, apparel and footwear, home essentials stores in Sibu can open from May 3 onwards

A notice from Sibu DDMC on a number of non-essential sectors allowed to open from May 3 in conjunction with the upcoming festive celebrations.

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, April 30: With festive celebrations approaching, retail outlets, supply and wholesale outlets, apparel and footwear stores as well as stores selling home essentials in Sibu are allowed to open from May 3 onwards in compliance with strict standard operating procedures (SOP).

Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee (Sibu DDMC) coordinator Dr Annuar Rapaee highlighted that the Committee has decided to allow certain non-essential services sector to operate considering that the Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Gawai festive celebrations are approaching.

Effective from May 3, he said that these businesses are allowed to open from 6am to 8pm with workforce capacity limit to 50 per cent throughout the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period.

Other restrictions to comply for the operations include only 50 customers are allowed in a departmental store at any one time while only 10 customers are allowed in variety stores, apparel and footwear stores and home essentials stores at any one time.

Dr Annuar, who is also Assistant Minister for Local Government and Housing, reminded Sibu folks to continue to be vigilant and comply with all SOPs while going out to buy essentials in preparation of the festive celebrations.

Meanwhile, Sibu recorded 96 Covid-19 cases yesterday (April 29), of which 43 cases were individuals under quarantine and 30 cases were detected from active case detection (ACD) operations.

Of the figure, Dr Annuar reported that zones under Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) accounted 80 cases with Delta Zone registering 12 cases, followed by Permai (10 cases), Sentosa (8 cases), Tiong Hua and Tong San (7 cases each), Apollo (5 cases), Teku and Ulu Sg Merah A (4 cases each), Bukit Lima, Pedada and Indah (3 cases each), Wong King Hua, Ding Lik Kong and Jeriah (2 cases each), while Sukun/Lada, Poh Yew, Bahagia Jaya, Farley, Pulau Lihua, Tunku Abd Rahman, Ulu Sg Merah B and Aup one case each.

Under the Sibujaya Zone, there were five cases with four in Pearl Avenue and one in Townvilla.

As for zones under Sibu Rural Development Council (SRDC), there were 11 cases with six in Batang Igan, two in Pasai Siong/Oya, and once each in Menyan/Salim and Durin/Naman. — DayakDaily