Errant eatery owners face the music

Dr Nor Azimi talking to customers during a visit to an eatery to check on its SOP. — Bernama

KUALA TERENGGANU: Terengganu Health Department issued 107 compounds totalling RM107,000 against owners of food premises for not complying with standard operating procedures (SOP).

Its director Dr Nor Azimi Yunus said Kemaman recorded the highest number of compounds at 39 followed by Dungun (26), Setiu (22), Besut (11), Hulu Terengganu (seven) and Kuala Nerus (two).

“In addition, 97 premises were ordered to close due to non-compliance of SOP such as not recording customers’ details and no social distancing of two metres between tables.

‘’They were ordered to close for three to seven days, depending on the offence and the level of non-compliance by the owners with the SOP, ” she said after a movement control order (MCO) special compliance operation around here.

A total of 161 enforcement officers were involved in the operation at premises such as supermarkets, restaurants, eateries, public markets and farmers’ markets throughout Terengganu.

Dr Nor Azimi said inspections were carried out at 3,662 premises during the period, and among the common offences included not taking employees’ temperature, not ensuring accurate customer temperature readings and not having the required spacing between tables.

“We are not arbitrarily issuing compound notices.

“Action is needed to protect the health of the people throughout Terengganu.

“Moreover, there has been an increase in Covid-19 cases in the country and we must be vigilant to stay safe.

“By complying with the SOP, | the infection rate can be minimised.

“This operation will be conducted periodically in all districts, ” said Dr Nor Azimi.

She advised the public not to enter food premises that do not comply with the SOP.

“Report errant operators and we will take action, ” she said. —Bernama

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