Sabah eateries taking wait-and-see approach before accepting dine-ins

KOTA KINABALU: Eateries in the state capital here are taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to dine-ins – even though the state government gave the green light for them to resume operations on Saturday (May 9).

Adam Shamil, who is from Penampang, said that he would only open his eatery for takeaways and deliveries.

"There are quite a number of aspects we have to take into consideration," he said on Sunday (May 10).

He said that if they did decide to allow dine-ins, they have shorter operation hours.

"We usually open until 10pm but we might close at 5pm if we allow dine-ins," he said.

Dragon Seafood Restaurant owner Sin Mun Chong said he would wait and see how people respond and if they are willing to come out.

He said he also needed to ensure that the time they are allowed to open is not limited before he made a decision.

"If we can only operate until 6pm for example, then it is better to just continue with takeaways," he said.

He said if they can operate until late at night, then he would have no problem opening his restaurant for dine-ins.

"We are aware of the various SOPs to follow, and we will adhere to them and make proper preparations," he said.

He said it might be hard to adjust to the "new normal" but it was something all businesses and the public must do.

Meanwhile, Welcome Seafood restaurant in Bundusan is ready to allow dine-ins.

"Yes, we will follow all the standard operating procedures (SOP). Tables will be two meters apart and we will only allow a maximum of four from a family per table. If there are more, they have to take another table," said the owner who wished to remain anonymous.

He said the precautionary measures were quite troublesome, but said he understood this was being taken so everyone would be safe.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal had on May 9 allowed for the reopening of many sectors and businesses, including dine-ins at restaurants.

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