DBKL: Bars must close but food outlets can operate

THE closure of the Royal Selangor Club bars at Dataran Merdeka and the Bukit Kiara annexe is to teach patrons flouting social distancing rules a lesson, says Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

“We have rules in place and from day one, we have been telling people to adhere to the rules.

"So when you break them, we will take action," said a DBKL spokesman on Tuesday (May 12).

It was reported that DBKL took action against the outlets on May 10 after they received public complaints, and following that, DBKL ordered the outlets to close.

“We only advised them to close the bars and areas with entertainment. The food outlets are allowed to open," he said.

“There were a lot of complaints about the incident (lack of social distancing) and pictures of it were circulating," said the spokesman.

When contacted, a Selangor Club spokesman said they were seeking clarification from DBKL on the matter as no compounds or fines were issued.

“No notice or letter was issued to us, so we are not sure on what grounds we were told to close," he said.

“We followed the standard operating procedures required and there was ample signage everywhere, so we are confused," he said.

When asked how many people were at the bar that evening, the Royal Selangor CLub spokesman said he was not sure.

Meanwhile DBKL said no notice was issued because the closure was not done for licensing issues, but for violating the conditional movement control order (MCO).

“All we can say is there were a lot of people there at the club, ’ he said.

“My advice is: Stay at home and be safe," he said.

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