Hotels, lodging houses in Sarawak allowed to open during conditional MCO

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 13 May 2020

KUCHING: Hotels and lodging houses in Sarawak are allowed to open for business during the conditional movement control order (MCO) period, says state Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (pic).

However, hotels which had been gazetted as Covid-19 quarantine centres in the state were not allowed to check in new guests until their status as quarantine centres was revoked, he said.

At present, 31 hotels in Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang are being used as quarantine centres for persons under surveillance.

Karim said hotels which resumed operations must comply with safety and health directives, as well as standard operating procedures (SOPs) crafted by the health authorities.

He said the hotel management must provide hand sanitisers and ensure that employees and guests wear face masks and observe social distancing.

"They have to report to the Health Department of any staff or guest whom they have come to know to have been infected with Covid-19 without delay," he said at the Sarawak disaster management committee's daily Covid-19 briefing here on Wednesday (May 13).

Karim also said hotel guests must remain in their own rooms and were not allowed to gather anywhere at the hotel premises during their stay.

He said common facilities such as the gym, swimming pool, prayer room, sauna, spa, business centre, conference hall and meeting rooms could not be used.

In addition, hotel restaurants and cafes can operate from 7am to 10pm for takeaway, delivery, room service and ala carte dine-in only.

"The dine-in is subject to the requirements of social distancing of seating arrangements. No buffet meals are allowed," Karim said.

He added that a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) on hotel operations during the conditional MCO was available for download at the ministry's website.
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