Checking customers’ vaccine status tricky, say eateries


EATERY operators in Sibu, Sarawak, say they should not be the ones to enforce the dine-in rule among customers.

Sibu Coffee Shop and Restaurant Owners Association chairman Tong Ing Kok said unvaccinated people should decide for themselves whether they need to dine in, and if they decided to do so, they should exercise care by following the standard operating procedure (SOP).He agreed that enforcing a dine-in restriction on those who had not been vaccinated was good as it could help stop the spread of Covid-19, but pushing the responsibility to eatery operators would only burden them.

“It is not easy for us to check who is vaccinated and who is not.

“Customers will not like it when we ask about their vaccination status,” he pointed out.

“We advise that those who have not been jabbed should either not dine in, or if they do, to strictly follow the SOP,” he added.

Referring to the guidelines, Tong said the SOP included only removing the mask for eating or drinking, and dining in with only the allotted number of patrons permitted at a table.

Sibu’s Taman Harmoni Food Court has already started enforcing the “no vaccination, no dine in” rule.

Only those who have received at least one dose of vaccine are allowed to eat at the food court. All others will have to pack their orders for takeaway. — By ANDY CHUA

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