Social distancing not being practised while queuing up at Sabah banks


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 07 Apr 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Authorities in Sabah are concerned that people are not maintaining social distancing due to long queues outside banks in the state.

Sabah State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong said that enforcement personnel will be asked to observe and act against those not observing social distancing while going to banks.

Safar, who is the state Covid-19 command centre chairman, said many were ignoring social distancing practices, especially outside banks in both major and small town across the state.

“Customers must observe social distancing while doing banking matters – whether outside or inside the bank premises, ” he said Tuesday (April 7).

He said the bank management must also restrict the number of people within its premises at any one time and put in place a system to avoid overcrowding.

Safar said that local authorities, police and other agencies have been asked to observe and enforce, if necessary, social distancing among bank customers.

“Both customers and bank staff must use face masks, ” he added.

On overcrowding at the Sabah Fish Marketing (Safma) jetty at the central market here, Safar said the state government had decided that only wholesale trading would be allowed and hawking will be stopped immediately during the movement control order (MCO) period.

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