State govt orders businesses to halt operations after 7pm daily starting March 24

Grocery store aisle and shelves. — file pic. // Photo: Pixabay

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, March 22: The state government is urging all businesses including hypermarkets and food and beverage (F&B) outlets to stop their operations after 7pm.

The State Disaster Management Committee has decided that all hypermarkets, supermarkets, markets, coffee shops, private clinics, restaurants, 24-hour convenience stores and petrol stations will have to close their operation from 7pm to 7am daily.

The committee in a press statement disclosed the new order will be effective state-wide from March 24 until March 31.

The State Disaster Management Committee believed that it is necessary to stop public movement which is still heavy in certain places.

However, the new order will not affect those helping in current operation enforcement such as the police, military, medical workers and immigration officers.

The committee stressed that the new requirement is another strategy to combat the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) from further transmission.

On another issue, the State Disaster Management Committee disclosed all supermarkets, hypermarkets, markets, pharmacies and private clinics are required to implement social distancing in their respective premises.

It added the police will check the implementation randomly.

Business owners are also advised to perform temperature checks on their customers and to provide hand sanitiser. — DayakDaily