RM2,000 to RM10,000 fine for those shopping more than 2 hours in a premises

KPDNHEP officers will be inspecting business premises to ensure that shoppers will not shop for more than two hours in a business establishment.

KUCHING, May 27: Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Sarawak has warned that customers who have breached the two-hour shopping time limit will be slapped with a compound of between RM2,000 to RM10,000, depending on the magnitude of the offence.

KPDNHEP Sarawak led by State Enforcement chief officer Mogan Arumugan had on last Tuesday carried out early inspections as well as to inform business premises regarding the 2H Limit Operation (Ops Had 2J) which was launched on Wednesday (May 26).

In a statement today, KPDNHEP Sarawak pointed out that the actions will be taken under Regulation 16 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within Local Areas of Infection) Regulations 2021.

Up until yesterday (May 26), KPDNHEP has recorded 22 cases involving various offences up with 25,664 business premises inspected.

The 2H Limit Operation carried out around Kuching city with focus on supermarkets, shopping complexes, farmers’ markets, night markets and other premises often crowded by people and are customers’ hotspots was to ensure commercial sector compliance on the two-hour shopping time limit for shoppers.

KPDNHEP Sarawak emphasised that the two-hour shopping time limit on business premises will be monitored through the MySejahtera application or manual logbook.

During inspection, enforcement officers will required customers to produce their MySejahtera record before exiting the business premises.

During the operation, enforcement officers encouraged business premises to display a notice to remind customers of the maximum two-hour shopping time limit and to assign a staff to carry out crowd control measures at the entrance point.

Business operators are also reminded of the requirement to display a notice at their premises on the maximum number of patrons allowed at any one and encouraged the use of a numbering system to control the crowd into premises.

Other standard operating procedures (SOP) that must be adhered to include crowd control measure with 1 metre physical distancing, mandatory use of MySejahtera app in area with internet access or manual logbook for customers to check-in, ensuring only customers with ‘Low Risk’ including ‘Casual Contact Low Risk’ allowed to enter premises, taking of body temperature of and preparing sanitisers for customers as well as mask-on order for all including workers, suppliers and customers.

To beef up enforcement of the 2H Limit Operation, KPDNHEP Sarawak said that integrated operations together with other enforcement agencies such as the Ministry of Health, the police and local government will be implemented from time to time.

KPDNHEP thus called on all business premises and the public to give their full cooperation to ensure the effectiveness of the SOP and in turn curb the spread of Covid-19. — DayakDaily