Some places allow dine-in while others don’t


The conditional movement control order (MCO) which started yesterday allows people to dine in individually or in groups. In the Klang Valley, food operators in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya are allowed to provide dine-ins. Selangor is only allowing take-aways, drive-throughs and delivery.

Q Can I eat out?

A Yes, you can in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya but are encouraged to take away or call for delivery, and use touchless transactions. According to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the Putrajaya Corporation (PjC) corporate communications department, for dining in, the tables are to be arranged at least 2m apart to allow enough room for people to pass in between while maintaining 1m of social distancing.

Q There are six people in my family. If we eat out, can we dine in together sharing the same table?

A No, each table can only accommodate up to four people. According to DBKL and the PjC corporate communications department, despite coming from the same family, social distancing must be observed inside the premises to avoid confusing others. The restriction on the number of diners inside the restaurant at any time, will also be applied. So, if there is only one table for four available, only four people will be allowed in and the other two will have to wait for two diners to leave before being allowed in. This applies to outlets in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

Q If I come with my family of four to buy food for takeaway, can all four of us stand together in the queue while waiting for our turn?

A No, according to DBKL, PjC and the state governemnt corporate communications department, every person has to be standing one metre apart from each other in the queue except for young children, despite coming from the same family, to avoid confusion.

Q For contact tracing, customers are advised to register their name, personal details and contact numbers at the premises they visit. If I am not in favour of giving such information, can I refuse? Can I be stopped from entering the business premises?

A According to National Security Council (NSC), you can decline to give your personal information but the business owners reserve the right not to allow you in.

Q How can business owners in Selangor take part in the state’s registry for data on visitors called Selangkah?

A In a statement by the state governemnt, it was explained that business owners can register at selangkah.mbiselangor.com.my from today for a QR code. They can then print and display the QR code for visitors to scan during their visit. The data will be used to contact those in the area where any positive Covid-19 case was found, fast and easy.

Q Since food operators are allowed to operate until midnight, can I go out to buy supper until midnight?

A Despite the NSC allowing food outlets to operate from 5am to midnight, DBKL, PjC and the state government have fixed operating hours from 7am and 10pm.

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