Dine-in allowed in Selangor

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  • Wednesday, 13 May 2020

KLANG: Eateries in Selangor can now cater for dine-in patrons, said Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.

In a statement yesterday, he said the decision to allow eateries to be fully open was made following a meeting between state officials, mayors, local council presidents and district officers.

“Restaurants, food courts, roofed stalls and food kiosks can now fully operate, including serving food and drinks in their premises from 7am to 10pm,” said Amirudin, adding that social distancing must still be observed, with the placement of tables in five-foot ways and parking lots still prohibited.

“Restaurant owners are encouraged to offer their customers pre-order options to prevent congestion in the shops,” said Amirudin.

He added that local council enforcement officers would be conducting surprise visits to the eateries from time to time to ensure the standard operating procedure (SOP) was followed.

Food trucks, roadside food vendors as well as vendors who fall under the non-premises category can also start operating from 8am to 10pm for takeaways and deliveries only.

Amirudin said local councils would study the need for vendors to take turns operating in the event they were located too close to each other, making it difficult for customers to practise social distancing.

Slaughtering and processing of animals such as poultry are prohibited in all markets, including wet and wholesale markets, but other activities are allowed to resume as usual.

“The prohibition for morning and night markets to operate remains unchanged at the moment,” said Amirudin.

All parks are also open to public for recreation from 7am to 7pm.

“While fishing is allowed, hiking and camping are still not allowed,” said Amirudin who added that the state would issue a more detailed circular on the matter soon for public reference.

Amirudin said other activities and matters remained in line with the National Security Council’s SOP and guidelines.

The state’s latest move is in tandem with the Federal Government’s conditional movement control order (MCO), which allows eateries and selected commercial entities to resume normal operations subject to meeting certain conditions.

Amirudin had maintained up to last week that eateries in Selangor could not serve dine-in patrons, adding that Selangor had the legal right not to fully comply with the Federal Government’s conditional MCO.

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