Early closure for all

Most businesses in Kuantan are shut due to the movement control order which is meant to prevent the spread of Covid-19. — Bernama

KUANTAN: The order for early closure of all business premises, which was initially applied to six districts, has now been extended statewide.

Pahang state secretary Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak said the state government had agreed for local authorities to ensure all premises stay closed from 7pm to 7am daily.

Also included in the order are 24-hour convenience stores, petrol stations, kiosks at the petrol stations and drive-throughs.

This new directive would be in effect until the movement control order (MCO) was rescinded, added Sallehuddin.

“Local authorities must carry out strict enforcement to ensure the order is complied with, ” he said.

Previously, the order only applied to six districts as an additional measure to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The districts were Kuantan, Pekan, Jerantut, Bentong, Temerloh and Cameron Highlands.

As of Thursday, 66 Covid-19 positive cases have been reported in Pahang.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said the increasing number of cases was worrying and thus the state government, through the local authorities, had to tighten enforcement of the movement control order.

Meanwhile, funeral services for non-Muslims during the MCO period must get permission from the respective district police chiefs.

Dr Sallehuddin said an exemption permit would have to be obtained from the respective district police chiefs for the management of death and burial of non-Muslims that are not related to Covid-19 or infectious disease cases.

“Attendance must be minimal or not exceeding 10 closest family members. Only those who have declared themselves healthy are allowed to accompany the deceased to the cemetery or crematorium.

“Prayer service according to religion or custom must be performed at home and completed in a minimum amount of time without a procession, ” he said in a statement.

Likewise, the burial must also be concluded within a minimum period, said Sallehuddin.

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