BUSINESSES allowed to reopen during Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan in Penang must display notices showing the vaccination status of employees in the premises.
Penang Island City Council (MBPP) mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said the council had standardised the format of this notice to make it easy for customers to know at a glance how many staff members had been vaccinated.
“All reopened businesses and restaurants that offer dining-in must put up the notice at the entrance of their premises,” Yew said after checking the reopening of outlets in Gurney Paragon Mall on Thursday.
“The details in the notice include the name of the premises and number of workers including the owner who are fully vaccinated or have received their first jabs.
“It is the responsibility of business owners to update the notice from time to time so that customers can know the employees’ latest vaccination status before deciding if they want to enter the premises.
“Our enforcement team together with the police and Health Department officers will conduct spot checks to make sure that all standard operating procedures (SOP) are followed.
“Strict action will be taken against businesses which flout the SOP.
“Businesses that do not put up the notice will be penalised under Food Establishment Act Bylaws 1991 or Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).
“We have the right to give premises which do not follow these instructions an order to shut down.
“The notice template can be downloaded from MBPP’s website,” Yew said.
He urged hawkers who had still not received their vaccine appointments to come forward and contact MBPP’s hotline.
“We have initiated a vaccination plan for hawkers at markets and food complexes under MBPP to make sure that all of them get vaccinated as soon as possible.
“A mobile vaccination programme will start on Aug 30 at both the northeast and southwest districts.
“We will announce the venues for this programme soon.
“Hawkers and traders can register themselves under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme through the MySejahtera app.
“They can give their details through a link which will be sent to them by MBPP via WhatsApp,” he said.
On Monday, the National Security Council announced 19 more business sectors would be allowed to reopen for fully vaccinated customers.
Among them are sectors offering car accessories, photography services, used items, handicrafts and souvenirs, toys, antiques, carpets, creative content and creative industry equipment, outdoor equipment including for camping and fishing, cosmetics and skincare, tobacco, household and kitchen appliances, furniture, sports equipment, clothing and jewellery.
Florists, nurseries, car dealerships, markets and pasar tani are also allowed to reopen.
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the second dose of either the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccines, and 28 days after being jabbed with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson or CanSino vaccines.