Follow SOP, eateries told

Ting (right) explaining the SOPduring the conditional MCO to a restaurant operator.

SIBU: Beginning today, stern action will be taken against eateries found not following the standard operating procedures (SOP) under the conditional movement control order (MCO).

Errant operators face having their licence suspended or revoked, said Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting.

He said eateries were allowed to resume dine-in from May 12, with conditions in place including taking body temperature, providing hand sanitiser and recording particulars of customers such as their name and contact number.

He said the food outlets had to ensure social distancing was practised by placing tables at least two metres apart from each other.

Ting issued the stern warning during a phone conversation with Sibu Coffeeshop and Restaurant Owners Association chairman Tong Ing Kok.

When contacted, Tong said SMC enforcement team together with the police were checking on businesses, including eateries, to ensure the SOP was followed.

On social distancing, he said most operators were unaware of the guidelines but a few were not adhering to it.

“For a small table, only one customer is allowed to be seated, while for a regular-size rectangular table, the right SOP is to seat customers at opposite sides,” he explained.

Tong said tables must be marked for customers to follow guidelines.

He advised those unable to abide by the SOP to either continue limiting business to just takeaway service or to close their shop temporarily.

Tong said only some 30% of the 700 coffeeshops in Sibu which had resumed dine-in service were following the SOP under the conditional MCO.

He said that strict enforcement was needed to ensure all operators abided by rules and regulations to contain the spread of Covid-19.

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