Traders allowed to reopen must adhere to rules and regulations

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2020

KUANTAN: All non-restricted business activities and industries are now allowed to operate in Kuantan during the conditional movement control order (MCO).

In its latest notice, the Kuantan Municipal Council (MPK) clarified that the permission was comprehensive in the district provided that traders adhered to the measures and standard operating procedures set by the state authorities and National Security Council.

Among the business activities allowed from 7am to 7pm were furniture shops, hardware stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, pawn shops, golf clubs and boutiques.

For non-Muslim eateries during Ramadan, the operating hours are from 7am to 7pm while for Muslim and fast food restaurants, it is from noon to midnight.

After Ramadan, operating hours for all food premises will be 7am to 7pm.

MPK said business types where it would be difficult to control crowds at any time, behaviour, exposure to droplets, possibility of close contact or proximity for a prolonged period were all not allowed to operate.

These include cinemas, karaoke centres, theme parks, museums, barber shops, reflexology centres, gymnasiums, swimming pools, night markets and public talks.

MPK also noted that Covid-19 test was compulsory for foreign workers in the construction sector.

Should there be a positive case among workers or visitors, the business premises or construction site must be closed immediately, it said.

Following Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail’s announcement on May 8 that Pahang would implement the conditional MCO, there had been a lot of questions and confusion among the public on whether business activities could resume in Kuantan since there were yellow zones in the district.

Among the conditions announced then was that premises could only be reopened in green zones and all workers must undergo testing and be free of Covid-19 infection.

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