Sarawakians still not allowed in cinemas as movie theatres stay closed in Phase 3

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Oct 7: Sarawak has yet to allow cinemas to reopen even though the entire State has entered Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), with many restrictions eased on Oct 1.

Other economic activities that are still not permitted to resume include clubs, pubs, karaokes, family karaokes, theme parks, family amusement centres, live performances at hotel lounges as well as indoor and outdoor busking as it is a sector with a high risk setting.


In an updated standard operating procedures (SOP) for NRP Phase 3, organisation of social events such as weddings, engagements, receptions, thanksgivings, “aqiqah” ceremony, “tahlil”, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions and retreats are still not allowed.

Exception is given to matters related to marriage solemisation for Muslims and non-Muslims which are subjected to order, instructions and SOP issued by Sarawak Islamic Council and Unit For Other Religions (Unifor).

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) reminded that any activities that would involve a mass movement and gathering or people to the extent that physical distancing measures cannot be observed are not allowed for the time being.

This includes activities like fun rides, marathons and triathlons.

Any activities that would cause people to gather in a place until physical distancing measures and other Covid-19 safety and precautions issued by the Ministry of Health cannot be complied with are not permitted. — DayakDaily