Pahang to implement conditional MCO with set of rules


Under the conditional MCO in Pahang, jogging is allowed in housing estates but children under the age of 10 could not be brought along. — Filepic

KUANTAN: A set of conditions has been outlined after the Pahang government agreed to implement the conditional movement control order (MCO).

Among others, premises can only be reopened in green zones and all workers must undergo testing and be free of Covid-19 infection.

State secretary Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak said testing costs would be borne by the employer or company.

“The workers’ temperature must be taken every day and recorded. All customers, visitors and those who have business at the premises must also have their temperature recorded with name, address and telephone number, ” he said.

Premises with 10 workers and above must form an emergency response team, said Sallehuddin.

For restaurants, distance between tables has been set at 2m while seating distance is 1m.

He said operating hours for Muslim restaurants during Ramadan was from noon to midnight and 7am to 7pm for non-Muslim premises.

He said food courts and food trucks were also allowed to operate but only for takeaways for now.

He said restaurants at the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway, East Coast Expressway 1 and 2 rest stops were allowed to operate under the condition that only one table was allocated to one customer.

The surau at the these rest stops could be used provided that worshippers brought their own mats and prayer wear.

He said petrol stations’ operating hours were set according to existing licence conditions as approved by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.

Sallehuddin said gloves and hand sanitiser must be provided at each petrol pump island while each nozzle must be sanitised every hour.

For public markets, operating hours were now set from 5am to 2pm and each customer must not be at a stall for more than five minutes for a single purchase and not more than 20 minutes for 10 purchases.

He said self-service laundry outlets could operate from 7am to 7pm but staff must be assigned to ensure the stipulated conditions were complied with throughout operating hours.

Shopping complexes were also permitted to operate now but only from 7am to 7pm and premises within were limited to certain business sectors.

Entertainment premises in these complexes were not permitted to operate while children aged 12 and below were not allowed to enter the complex building.

Parking space at each of these complexes would be limited to 50% capacity, said Sallehuddin.

He added that clothes and shoe fitting were not allowed and returns or exchange would not be possible for clothes that had been bought.

For recreational activities, all golf clubs could operate from 7am to 7pm while club facilities such as gym, swimming pool, surau and changing room must remain closed.

Jogging is allowed in housing estates but alone and children under the age of 10 could not be brought along, said Sallehuddin.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail announced yesterday that the state government agreed to implement the conditional MCO after reviewing, fine-tuning and making modifications to the relevant standard operating procedures.

Wan Rosdy said the main concern was the enforcement aspect, which would be enhanced by the related agencies, including the local authorities.

Pahang was one of the few states that held off implementing the conditional MCO, which came into effect on May 4.

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