It's business as usual in Sabah with most sectors now allowed to operate

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has more or less lifted all restrictions on business activities, allowing businesses to operate freely with effect from Saturday (May 9).

The latest to be given the green light are food outlets, which can now offer dine-in, shopping complexes and all public transport and public parks are also reopening.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said food operators, both restaurants and stalls, as well as shopping complexes and their retail outlets, would be allowed to operate with immediate effect.

Others given the go-ahead are laundry services, clothing shops, furniture shops, jewellery stores, electric and electronic businesses, stationery shops, pet shops, workshops, optical shops and other retail outlets.

Hawkers, food trucks and pasar malam activities can also recommence.

“All retail and food outlets must follow the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the Health Ministry and the local authorities to curb the spread of the Covid-19,” he said.

Shafie also said restrictions would be lifted on public transport and logistical services like taxis, trains, buses and support transport for ports.

Passenger and roro-ferry services may also restart, including for trips between Menumbok-Labuan and Kudat-Pulau Bangi.

He said the government was allowing limited recreational and exercise activities with the reopening of public parks. People would still have to observe the rules set by the local authorities, as well as the Health Ministry's SOP.

The Sabah government has been gradually relaxing restrictions on business operations of various sectors over the last week as part of the effort to restart the economy under the conditional movement control order (MCO) where rules are being relaxed in the fight against Covid-19.

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