Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said he had received feedback from eatery operators and the relevant associations on the fixed hours from 7am to 9.30pm.
“The state government is concerned about this response and have held further discussions with state secretary Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak, who is also the chairman of the state disaster committee, as well as agencies including the National Security Council and the state Health Department.
“I am pleased to announce that operation hours for all business premises and activities are now from 7am to 10pm except for the essential services sector, which is subject to their own business licence such as gas stations, factories and clinics,” he said yesterday.
Wan Rosdy hoped this latest decision would be good enough for the moment.
“Reviews will be carried out from time to time based on the level of the Covid-19 outbreak in Pahang and according to current needs, including the people’s compliance with the guidelines and the standard operating procedures established by the government.
“I also hope that we do not lose our focus but continue with measures to curb the pandemic that still threatens public health around the world, country and state,” he said.
There had been complaints, particularly on the operating hours, following Wan Rosdy’s announcement of the guidelines on Wednesday.
Under the initial guideline, all business premises and activities are allowed to operate from 7am to 9.30pm except for essential services such as petrol stations, factories and clinics, which can run according to their own licence stipulations.
However, many felt the opening hours in the original guidelines were too short.
Even after the new revised hours had been announced, some people were still calling on Wan Rosdy to allow opening hours until midnight.