Negri hawkers, food trucks to operate 7am-8pm from March 24


SEREMBAN: From Tuesday (March 24) onwards, all eateries including licensed hawkers and food truck operators in Negri Sembilan will only be allowed to operate from 7am to 8pm, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun (pic).

All supermarkets and grocery shops including provision and 24-hour convenience stores would also have to abide by these hours.

However, Aminuddin said all petrol stations and the marts located in them would be allowed to begin operations an hour earlier. But they, too, would have to close shop at 8pm.

“Wet markets will only be allowed to open from 6am to noon, ” he said in a statement Sunday (March 22).

The new operating hours, he said, would remain in force until March 31.

The state banned pasar malam, pasar tani and pasar pagi from operating when the movement control order (MCO) came into force on March 18.

Aminuddin said he was glad to note that the number of new Covid-19 cases in the state had declined on Saturday (March 21). However, he did not provide figures.

“My gratitude goes to the medical personnel who have been doing all they can to contain the spread of the virus, ” he said, adding that based on feedback, most people had been adhering to the MCO.

His administration, he said, would also disburse the RM100,000 allocation it received from the National Disaster Management Agency to all districts as soon as possible.

“We will give another RM100,000 to be distributed to those involved in helping us contain the outbreak, ” he said, expressing hope that the people would continue to cooperate and adhere to directives from the authorities.

Aminuddin had, prior to this, said his administration would set aside RM3mil to assist individuals from the lower income category affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

He said the allocation would be used to buy household essentials that would then be distributed to affected individuals.

The state government has also agreed to extend the deadline to pay quit rent by two months. This means, property owners have till July 31 to pay their quit rent and not May 31 as is the usual practice.

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