Uggah: No changes to 7am-10pm business operating period during CMCO

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 19: There is no change in operating hours for economic activities throughout Sarawak, which are from 7am to 10pm during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, in stressing this, pointed out that businesses however can adjust their operating hours within that allowed time period to suit their needs.

“I have received the complaint and contacted the (Sarawak) Commissioner of Police in which he (Datuk Aidi Ismail) confirmed that there is no change in time of operations throughout Sarawak.

“Businesses can adjust their time. For example, if a business normally doesn’t open at 7am but 9am and doesn’t want to operate until 10pm but close at 5pm, yes they can (do that so long within the allowed operating hours),” he told a press conference on Covid-19 here today.

Uggah reiterated that during the CMCO, economic activities were only allowed between 7am to 10pm but businesses have a choice to set their operating hours within the allowed period.

“So what happened in Sibu was not right,” he explained, in response to an incident in Sibu where it was alleged that Sibu police were instructed to only allow food operators to operate until 8pm starting today (May 19).

Earlier on, Uggah informed that Unit For Other Religions (Unifor) together with other religious leaders (non-Islam) are currently creating standard operating procedures (SOPs) for houses of worships to implement after the CMCO or whenever the government lifts the restriction.

“For now, churches will continue to hold masses via live streaming through social media like Facebook and YouTube with a minimum of not more than 10 persons (physically present),” he said.

On whether there was SOP to enable gym to resume business, he added that gyms are still not allow to reopen yet. — DayakDaily