SMC looking into issuing licenses to eateries, coffee shops whose employees are vaccinated

Ting (left), Dr Sim, Yii and Wee (right, from top to bottom) in a Facebook live session.

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, June 5: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) is looking into issuing licenses to eateries and coffee shops under its jurisdiction whose employees are all vaccinated against Covid-19.

Its chairman Clarence Ting said that he would bring up the implementation of such licenses at an upcoming meeting with the public health department so that the public could visit such shops with peace of mind.

“Once the owners and employees have gotten their vaccinations, I’ll personally sign a license for them.

“With that, the public can also visit licensed stores with peace of mind. For those coffee shops that do not have this license, the public can choose not to visit these places,” he said during Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng’s Facebook live session today.

Foreseeing a stigma surrounding those who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the near future, Ting said society would be different once businesses are allowed to open and gatherings are permitted.

“Those who are still considering (about whether or not to get vaccinated), please quickly register yourselves because, in just two or three months’ time, this will happen.

“And this will include churches, schools and not only coffee shops. The first thing people will ask you is whether or not you have gotten your Covid-19 vaccine dose,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ting also suggested the implementation of a policy where the vaccination is mandatory for all employees to give the public “a little push”.

He said, especially in Sibu, people were found to be rather hesitant about getting their Covid-19 vaccine jabs and many have not registered.

Other invited guests during the live session were Minister for Local Government and Housing Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian and Miri City Council (MCC) mayor Adam Yii. — DayakDaily