Food handlers must mask up

FOOD and beverage operators must ensure they wear face masks now that the three-month grace period by Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) has ended.

Food handlers were given three months to observe the Selangor government’s ruling on face masks for safety and hygiene.

Enforcement for non-compliance would start from April 1, said MPS deputy president Adi Faizal Ahmad Tarmizi.

“Over the past months, enforcement officers educated operators on the new ruling.

We found most operators followed the ruling, although there were some who didn’t,” he said after chairing the council’s monthly full board meeting at Menara MPS.

Adi Faizal said that non-compliant operators could be issued with a warning, followed by compounds.

“Business licences can be revoked if they continue to disregard the rules,” he warned.

From Jan 1, face masks were made compulsory for all food and beverage workers in Selangor, with enforcement carried out by the respective local councils.

Separately, only two out of an estimated 11 campsite operators in Selayang have registered before the March 31 deadline.

“We are reaching out to operators to register their business, to ease the licensing process.

“Once that is completed, we will have an inventory to assess if these sites are safe and following the guidelines,” said Adi Faizal.

Selangor government had issued a directive to campsite owners to register their businesses for licensing purposes by March.

This followed the Dec 16 landslide tragedy in Batang Kali which claimed 31 lives.

MPS is also gathering public input for its 2024 budget until April 22.

Stakeholders are encouraged to give feedback on issues like public infrastructure, recreational facilities and quality of services.

Feedback forms will be available on the council’s website and social media platforms from today.

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