Negri govt decides against dine-in, sports activities for now


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 03 May 2020

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun (left) and state urban wellbeing, housing, local government and new villages committee chairman Teo Kok Seong (on his left) outside the Seremban wet market which was ordered to close indefinitely after two traders tested positive for Covid-19.

SEREMBAN: The Negri Sembilan government has decided against allowing food and beverage outlets to open for dine-in for now, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.

The state government also decided not to allow any sports or social activities to resume, as the number of active cases here is still high.

Aminuddin said although the state agreed with the Federal Government on opening up certain sectors of the economy from Monday (May 4), it decided that some sectors should remain closed after getting public feedback.

“Some restaurant operators have also voiced their concerns about allowing dine-ins for now. So we will continue with the earlier arrangement of only allowing takeaways, and this includes food trucks, ” he told reporters after a visit to the wet market here on Sunday (May 3).

On Friday (May 1), Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that eateries would be allowed dine-in customers from May 4, provided they strictly follow conditions set by the authorities under the conditional movement control order (MCO).

In his Labour Day speech, he said operators must conduct scanning of body temperature, ensure tables were at least 2m apart and register contact details of customers to allow tracing if there was a Covid-19 positive case involving customers.

There must also be social distancing at payment counters, as well as hand sanitisers and table disinfectants.

The decision was made following consultation with the Health Ministry and after lengthy discussions during the Economic Action Council, National Security Council and Cabinet meetings.

Seremban City Council workers carrying out cleaning and sanitising at business premises around the Seremban wet market.Seremban City Council workers carrying out cleaning and sanitising at business premises around the Seremban wet market.

Aminuddin said economic activities would not be allowed in areas with high Covid-19 cases.

“No economic activities will be allowed for now in residential areas in Sendayan and business premises around the Seremban and Bahau wet markets.

“Those who wish to operate must get prior approval from the local council, ” he said.

Aminuddin said all social and sports activities such as golf would also not be permitted.

He said the state government had no choice but to prohibit these, as the Covid-19 situation in Negri Sembilan differed compared with other states.

“We cannot follow the Federal Government in opening more sectors or relaxing certain conditions.

“Just like this morning, we had to close the Seremban market after being told that two traders had tested positive for Covid-19, ” he added.

Muhyiddin had said all sporting activities which involved gatherings, body contact and the possibilities of infection were still not allowed. Only outdoor sporting activities which do not involve body contact and mass gatherings would be allowed.

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