Council to give guidelines for eateries after MCO ends


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 11 Apr 2020

SMC enforcement team checking on a hardware store to ensure MCO regulations are observed.

SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) will decide on how best eateries should operate three months after the movement control order (MCO) is lifted.

SMC chairman Clarence Ting said four key issues to be decided were whether there is a need for crowd control by restricting seating capacity; need to implement social distancing, if food handlers need to wear gloves and whether all service staff are required to wear face masks or face shields.

He said the council would also need to decide whether air purifiers were required in air-conditioned restaurants.

Two other issues involved the permitted number of customers in restaurants waiting for takeaways and restaurants’ opening hours.

Ting advised the public not to go to the banks during peak hours now.

“From my observation, there are just too many people on the streets in the morning, especially around banking areas.

“However, there are fewer people out in the afternoon. There are no restrictions for your banking needs and I wonder why people want to crowd when they can go during the quieter times in the afternoon, ” he said.

Ting urged the public not to take the pandemic lightly and follow stipulated guidelines to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“Stay at home. Go out when absolutely necessary and do not go to crowded places, ” he said. — By ANDY CHUA

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