ALTHOUGH there are no Covid-19 cases reported at construction sites in Penang, the state government will remain vigilant and continue to monitor all the sites to prevent any new clusters.
State local government, housing, town and country planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh said they would not hesitate to carry out a second round of screenings for construction workers depending on the situation.
“Penang was the first to do a full Covid-19 screening for almost 15,000 construction workers in April and to date, there are no clusters reported by the Health Ministry.
“I understand that the number of cases in construction sites is rising in Kuala Lumpur and both the local councils in Penang have been instructed to ensure that all the standard operating procedures (SOP) are adhered to at these sites, ” he told the press during a visit to the Gurney Park condominium yesterday.
Jagdeep advised Penangites that full compliance of all the SOP was probably the best vaccine now.
“This is probably the only way now to stop the spread of the virus, ” he said.
With the rise of Covid-19 cases at stratified high-rise buildings recently, the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has conducted checks at 1,350 high-rise buildings as of Nov 13 and found that the SOP compliance rate was 99.53%.
“There are still some who failed to comply with the SOP and the MBPP will take stern action against them soon.”
On the guidelines for homestays, Jagdeep said he would be meeting Senior Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof in Putrajaya today to discuss this issue.
“Of course, we have the council by-laws to monitor homestays but other than revoking the licence of the operators in commercial buildings, the present laws do not allow us to take action against those who flout the SOP.
“Homestay operators must get the approval from the joint-management bodies, or management committees through the annual general meeting before they conduct their business.
“We are now fine-tuning some additional guidelines for home-stays which would come into effect by the end of the year. However, the laws and policies to operate such businesses are set by the federal government, ” he said.
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