Putrajaya eateries told to put away tables and chairs

Mohd Ali (in red shirt) having a word with Mohd Faizol on the efforts taken by Line Clear Restaurant in Putrajaya to prevent customers from dining in.

RESTAURANTS in Putrajaya were asked to put away all their dining tables and chairs until March 31 to heed the movement control order (MCO) by the Government.

Putrajaya Corporation (PjC) enforcement director Mohd Ali Jusoh said its enforcement team had found some customers dining in the premises despite the order.

“The restaurant operators were aware of the movement control order but claimed that they could not stop the customers from sitting down to eat after placing orders.

“We have advised all restaurant operators to stack and arrange the chairs and tables to one side. When customers have no option to sit, they will understand that they can only place takeaway orders.

“Our enforcement officers will be on duty round-the-clock to ensure that Putrajaya business operators and residents follow the restriction order.”

Officers from the Commercial, Business Development, Licensing and Health units will be joining the field operations.

“We will also check via closed- circuit television cameras from our operations room during the wee hours,” he added.

Mohd Ali said PjC would alert the police if any eateries did not follow the order after being warned the first time.

“Only the police can take action as the movement control order made under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967 imposed until March 31 to contain the Covid-19 outbreak, is under their jurisdiction. We can only assist with information.

“We are generally happy with our surveillance on the first day.

“Hopefully the people continue to follow the rules until the end of the month as directed by the Government,” he said.

Many food operators have displayed notices that they only accept orders for takeaway.

However, one restaurant has gone the extra mile.

Putrajaya Line Clear restaurant in Precinct 15 is also providing drive-through and delivery services.

Its manager Mohd Faizol Abdul Kadir, 40, said the services were introduced for the ease of customers to buy food while maintaining social distance.

“For drive-through, our staff will approach the motorist who stops in front of our restaurant to manually take orders and deliver. Motorists do not have to step out of their vehicles.

“We are also offering to deliver lunch and dinner for those who pre-order, with a charge of 50sen per item.

“We have never offered food delivery before this,” he said, adding that the restaurant had also shortened its business hours.

Normally open from 7am to 1.30am, it will only open from 9am to 10pm for the duration of the MCO.

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