Sandakan council: Maintain social distancing while shopping

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  • Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

SANDAKAN: There is growing concern in Sabah's east coast Sandakan that businesses are failing to ensure customers are maintaining social distancing while shopping for essentials.

Sandakan Municipal Council president Wong Too Tin said that some supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies were not taking steps to ensure customers maintain a minimum 1m distance at payment counters and while queueing outside.

Wong said based on observations, some operators were not following the Health Ministry's advice to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The advice is not to allow more than five customers into the premises at any one time to avoid congestion.

"The businesses are not observing the guidelines. The council views this matter seriously and we call on these operators to comply with the regulations and safety measures as stipulated in the letter issued recently," Wong said on Wednesday (March 25).

He said the other requirement was to take the temperatures of all customers before they are allowed in to make purchases.

Wong said any individuals with high temperatures should be prohibited from entering the premises to prevent the possibility of infecting other customers with Covid-19.

Meanwhile, police have also ordered boatmen from the islands off Sandakan not to make unnecessary trips for islanders to come into the mainland.

Police said that such trips are only to ferry islanders who need to buy essentials or go to the hospital for medical check-ups.

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