Domestic tourism among sectors allowed to reopen as Sabah relaxes MCO

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 10 May 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Domestic tourism, sports and recreational activities, as well as professional services sectors, are among the latest sectors to be opened up in Sabah’s fifth phase of movement control order (MCO).

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said these sectors are allowed to operate starting May 10 (Sunday).

Parts of domestic tourism allowed to operate include accommodation, adventure and recreation, food and beverages, ticketing services and so on.

Hotels are also allowed to operate but facilities and services such as the surau, gymnasium, spa, sauna, lounge, swimming pool, meeting rooms, seminar halls and buffet are to remain closed.

Shafie said art and cultural activities that do not involve a crowd of more than 10 people are allowed and added that environmental, wildlife and park activities can proceed as well for recreational, surveillance or research purposes.

“All these must adhere strictly to the standard operating procedures (SOP) mentioned before this,” he said in a statement here, Sunday (May 10).

Among sports that are allowed include golf, tennis, shooting, weightlifting, cycling, sailing, petanque, squash, ping pong, karate, wushu and taekwondo (kata), whereas group recreational and sports activities cannot involve more than 10 people at one time.

Professional services by engineers, lawyers, architects, accountants, finance consultants, surveyors, pharmacists, counsellors, veterinarians, and others are allowed too.

“We are asking airline companies serving domestic routes to also increase their flight frequencies,” Shafie said.

Shops selling motorised vehicles, heavy machinery and bicycles can operate too.

Those who need to travel inter-districts must adhere to the SOPs that have been put in place.

“Please continue with safety measures such as social distancing, putting on masks, hand sanitisers when out in public and maintaining high hygiene standards at all times,” Shafie added.

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