Sibu police warns coffeeshops to comply with directives under Movement Control Order

Policemen asking customers at a food court to stop dining-in at the premises in this file photo.

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SIBU, March 18: Police here have and will continue to give warning to operators of coffeeshops to comply with the Movement Control Order (MCO) until March 31.

Sibu district police chief, ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said that his men had given verbal warnings to several eatery operators for allowing customers to dine-in today which was the first day the Order was enforced.

A number of coffeeshops were found having customers eating in their premises today as policemen were seen asking customers of several coffeeshops who were dining-in to leave the shop.

“From now until March 31, we will be going round on beat duty to ensure that all businesses comply with the Order,” he warned.

To the public, he also urged for their cooperation in abiding to the Order so as to help in the containment of Covid-19 outbreak.

Meanwhile, Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) will close all of its counters on the 17th and 18th floors of Wisma Sanyan here.

The council, in a statement, informed that the 17th floor housed the Public Health, Public Works, Treasury, Evaluation and Taxation Units while the 18th floor consisted of management services counters.

Its library in Sibu Jaya and four rural libraries in Rantau Panjang, Selangau, Bawang Assan and Durin will also closed to the general public until March 31.

“We will also be issuing notices to all entertainment centres, saloons, spas and reflexology premises to be closed to the general public.

“Eatery outlets will also be given notice not to place chairs and tables for people to dine-in while only takeaway services are allowed,” it added.

The business hours for trading activities in its Pasar Tamu in Selangau and Sibu Jaya will be shortened from 6am to 2pm while the smoke house in Sibu Jaya will also be closed for two weeks.

However, emergency works and environmental services will be provided as usual for the benefit of public safety and well-being.

The council, however, still provides essential services such as cleaning and garbage collection.— DayakDaily