SMC: 17 bistros with F&B, liquor licenses allowed to operate under revised SOP

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SIBU, July 30: Bistro operators in Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) area have been reminded to follow the revised standard operating procedures (SOP) for food and beverage (F&B) sector issued by Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) on July 15.

SMC General Purpose and Community Services Standing Committee, in a statement, said under the revised SOP, only those licensed bistros with kitchens for food preparations are allowed to operate.

“Under SMC, there are 35 licensed premises operating as bistros with 17 of them having food license, tea and coffee license as well as alcoholic license,” it added.

The council said these 17 premises having all three licenses are allowed to operate, but must comply with all requirements as stipulated under the SOP such as registering customers using MySejahtera or manual registration, body temperature scanning, wearing face masks, providing hand sanitisers, limiting customers allowed at one time and practicing social distancing.

The operating hours are between 6am and 10pm, except for those specifically mentioned in the SOP.

It added that those premises without all three licenses are not allowed to operate during this Phase 2 National Recovery Plan (NRP) period, but they can apply for food shop or stall license from the Council before they are allowed to operate.

“Music and entertainment activities are strictly prohibited during the operating hours,” it said, adding that SMC’s enforcement and police would carry out inspections from time to time.

“The cooperation from the operators and also the general public is very much needed in order to control the spread of Covid-19,” SMC reminded. — DayakDaily