Toto, Magnum, Cash Sweep outlets remain shut for nearly 2 months nationwide

Number forecast outlets have remained closed in the country ever since the MCO was implemented. File Photo

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Aug 20: Number forecast operators (NFO) including Sports Toto, Magnum 4D and Cash Sweep have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic as they have remained shut for nearly two months now nationwide.

The NFO outlets have been closed since June 1 due to the tighter restrictions under the Movement Control Order (MCO) 3.0, which in turn has transitioned to phases under the National Recovery Plan (NRP).

Even though most parts of the country including Sarawak have transitioned into various phases of the NRP with restrictions eased, the green light has not been given to these operators to open for business.

The last draws took place on May 30.

Apart from NFOs, other economic sectors which are still not allowed to resume business include massage centres, spa and reflexology, wellness, beauty salons, pedicure and manicure services as well as fitness studios offering yoga, zumba and other related workout classes.

For the entertainment sector, they include night clubs, pubs, karaokes including family karaokes, live performances in hotel lounges, indoor and outdoor buskings, cinemas, theme parks and family amusement centres.

These applied to all areas whether they are in Phase 2 or 3 of NRP.

Additional restrictions are imposed on Sarawak’s Southern Zone under Phase 2 which covers districts of Kuching, Lundu, Bau, Serian, Tebedu, Samarahan, Asajaya and Simunjan.

The activities banned include cybercafes, gyms, corporate events as well as MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions) events.

Tourism and cultural activities including operations of zoo, farm, aquarium, entertainment centres, extreme/adventure/nature park, museum, library, art gallery, cultural heritage arts centre and cultural performances stage are all prohibited in the Southern districts. — DayakDaily