IPOH: The decision to convert hotels into quarantine centres for all travellers entering the country lies with the states, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions) Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof (pic).
He said hotels in some states had asked to become quarantine centres due to lack of tourist arrivals.
“The states have their own Covid-19 committees and they can make decisions on where quarantine centres should be in their states.
“However, many hotels have applied to turn their premises into quarantine centres to get their business moving.
“Some hotels are probably getting income from tourists and able to operate but then, there are also those which do not and need a boost, ” he said.
Mohd Redzuan was responding to the Melaka government’s decision not to allow hotels in the state to be used as quarantine centres for Covid-19 in order to safeguard the tourism industry.
He was speaking to reporters after meeting officers from the Shared Prosperity Delivery Unit (Sepadu), the Bumiputra Agenda Steering Unit (Teraju), the Bumiputra Education Pioneers Foundation, government agencies, non-governmental groups and state cooperatives.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had earlier announced that from Friday, all incoming travellers into Malaysia would have to undergo mandatory quarantine.
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