All taska in S’wak to reopen with measures in place


  • Nation
  • Friday, 05 Jun 2020

Safety first: Fatimah (left) looking at photos of Fire and Rescue Department personnel sanitising childcare centres in Sarawak.

KUCHING: All 236 registered childcare centres in Sarawak can reopen from Tuesday with strict adherence to the standard operating procedure (SOP), the state government announced.

Sabah Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said the SOP drawn up by her ministry covered measures to be taken by operators before reopening their centres as well as during the children’s arrival, departure and activities after

reopening.

“We have compared our SOP with those of the Federal Government and found that they are very similar. Our SOP has been presented to the state disaster management committee, which has endorsed it,” she said at Wisma Kebajikan here yesterday.

Previously, the Federal Government announced that registered childcare centres could operate starting June 2 following the tabling of a comprehensive SOP by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.

The state disaster management committee announced on Wednesday that the centres in Sarawak can start operating on June 9, with an understanding that the committee has the responsibility to decide which activities can be reopened in the state.

On the SOP, Fatimah said childcare centre operators and staff were required to fill out a health declaration form and control their movement 14 days before the first day of reopening.

“They have to state in the declaration form where they have been in the 14 days,” she said, adding that this was to ensure the staff were in good health.

She also said the premises must be disinfected before reopening as well as daily after reopening.

In addition, the children must have their temperature checked upon arrival and wash or sanitise their hands.

“Inside the premises, tables and chairs must be arranged to ensure social distancing and no group activities will be carried out,” Fatimah said.

The SOP can be downloaded from the ministry’s website at kwkpk.sarawak.gov.my.

Fatimah said feedback from childcare centre operators indicated that most of them had taken the necessary preparations and were ready to operate.

“We believe the reopening of childcare centres will be a help to parents who are both working.”

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