Take precautions when dining in eateries, Sibu folk advised


SIBU folk have mixed reactions to the news that dining at eateries may be prohibited as Covid-19 cases soared to three digits.

The district in Sarawak recorded an all-time high of 282 cases on Sept 2, with the number of positive cases from eateries also increasing since dine-in resumed.

On Sept 1, out of the 11 places visited by positive cases, eight of them were eateries.

Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee coordinator Dr Annuar Rapaee (pic)has asked the public to take precautions while dining in.

“Do not stay too long in an eatery.

“If you need to dine in, choose a well-ventilated area and do not go to crowded places,” he advised.

Among those calling for dine-ins to be halted during this period is teacher KW Tan.

“Why is there no early interventions and action taken, like stopping dine-in?” he asked.

Tan suggested that if the town continued to record three-digit cases for five consecutive days, dine-in should be prohibited for two weeks or until cases reduced to two digits.

Another resident, Annie Chin, has a different view.

“Obviously, this is not the best solution to stop the virus from spreading.

“Covid-19 will be with us for a very long time.

“I do not think stopping food and beverage businesses from allowing customers to dine in will help to reduce the number of cases,” she said.

Chin cited peninsular Malaysia as an example where cases were skyrocketing daily despite the earlier ban on dine-in and a few economic sectors being closed for many months.

“The cases at eateries in the list do not mean that these outlets are the cause of Covid-19 cases increasing.

“Cases can appear anywhere, depending on where the infected persons went. It could be at supermarkets, furniture shops or bakeries,” she added.

Chin hopes the authorities will decide wisely during these difficult times.

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