JOHOR BARU: Stern action will be taken against 24-hour restaurants and outlets operating in areas under the Johor Baru City Council’s jurisdiction that fail to close their premises each week to carry out cleaning works.
Starting from last September, 24-hour restaurants and eateries here are required to close their outlets and spend at least six hours each week to clean up their premises.
Johor Baru Mayor A. Rahim Nin said although notices on the new requirement was issued last September, only three restaurants had followed the guideline.
“We are not going to compromise with those who failed to comply with the regulation as ample notice was given to them,’’ he said after chairing the full council meeting here on Thursday.
Rahim said the regulation was necessary to ensure all such outlets were clean.
He said it was mandatory for these outlets to allocate six hours each week to clean up their premises and the council must be notified.
Rahim said officers from the council and the Johor Health Department would be present at the notified time to carry out inspections.
Operators have the option to carry out the cleaning exercise either from 6am to 12pm or from 12pm to 6pm.
“We are not making things difficult for them. It is just that customers deserve a clean and comfortable environment for them to enjoy their meals,’’ he said.
Rahim said if the premises were still found to be dirty, the council could instruct them to do another round of cleaning up and could issue notices for temporary closure of the premises.
Out of some 2,000 restaurants operating in areas under the council’s jurisdiction, more than 100 outlets are in this category.
However, the requirement does not apply to 24-hour franchise or fast food chain restaurants as these outlets have their own set of standard operating procedure for cleanliness.
On another issue, Rahim said the council’s enforcement personnel would remove signboards that did not comply with its safety requirements and the cost charged to their respective MBJB accounts.