Sibu food court only accepts inoculated dine-in customers

Dine-in at Taman Harmoni Food Court in Sibu is only available if traders, staff and their customers have been vaccinated.

THE no-vaccination, no-dine-in rule is being enforced at Taman Harmoni Food Court in Sibu, Sarawak.

The same rule applies to the traders and their staff who will not be able to operate dine-in service if they have not been vaccinated.

Sibu councillor Mohd Izkandar Abdullah said those who had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine would be allowed to dine-in at the food court.

“If there are traders and staff who have not been jabbed with at least one dose, they will not be allowed to open for dine-in.

“They can only cater to takeaways,” he said.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has announced that dine-ins will be allowed from July 16.

Mohd Izkandar said Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) would conduct inspections.

“The traders must show their vaccination card or digital vaccination certificate on their MySejahtera app,” he said.

Taman Selera Harmoni Sibu Islamic Traders Association chairman Abdul Taib Rosli said some traders were adopting a wait-and-see approach before opening their stalls, due to safety concerns.

He said SMC had also tightened procedures and were only allowing one stallowner and two workers on the premises at a time.

E-hailing driver Ngu Wu Pou is happy that dine-in is allowed under Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan.

As he has been fully vaccinated with both doses, Ngu feels that eating out will be safe for him.

Sibu Coffee Shop and Restaurant Owners Association chairman Tong Ing Kok said while a number of eateries were fully open for business, some were still only offering takeaway service.

“I urge the operators to heed the SOP if they are opening for dine-in, to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” he said.

Regarding people below 18, who are not eligible to be vaccinated and comprise children of food outlets operators, Tong hopes the authorities will be more understanding.

“Some of these children help their parents at their restaurants,” he said.

According to the dine-in SOP for food and beverage outlets, workers can only work if they have received at least one dose of the vaccine while the workforce is capped at 50% capacity.

Other guidelines include a maximum of two people for dining in at a 1m-long table, four people at a 1.2m-long table, and six people at a 2m-long table.

Workers and food suppliers have to observe physical distancing, wear a face mask and ensure body temperature scans are done.

The SOP also states that the premises have to close for 14 days if a Covid-19 positive case is detected and that the operator must bear the sanitisation cost.

Operation hours for eateries are from 6am to 10pm daily.

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