GEORGE TOWN: A total of 147 people were issued with a RM1,000 compound each for violating the recovery movement control order (MCO).
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said action was taken against the 99 men and 48 women who failed to observe physical distancing and for organising prohibited activities.
“The northeast district police, anti-vice, gambling and secret societies division (D7), Penang Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (JSJN) and Penang Island City Council have conducted a joint operation to monitor and check compliance with the SOP of the recovery MCO.
"We carried out the joint operation from Tuesday (Sept 15) until Friday (Sept 18) at seven outlets which were located at Lebuh Pantai, Lebuh Gereja, Lebuh Nordin, Jalan Penang, Jalan Pintal Tali and Persiaran Gurney," he said.
ACP Soffian said that two caretakers of the outlets were separately arrested for carrying out unlicensed entertainment activities and for having expired entertainment licence.
"We also found that one entertainment license which has expired and have confiscated musical instruments that were used for entertainment purposes.
"The Penang JSJN has conducted a random preliminary urine screening test on 37 people, and the results were all negative," he said.
He said that MBPP had also issued a notice of closure of business operations for seven days on five premises that did not adhere to the SOPs.
"A premise was ordered to stop entertainment activities immediately and is compounded for running a restaurant business without a valid license by MBPP," he said in a statement on Saturday (Sept 19)," he said.
ACP Soffian added that all cases will be investigated under Section 6(1) (a) of the Entertainment Enactment 1998 for expired entertainment licence and Section 6 (2) of the same act for operating entertainment activities without a licence.
"The compounds were issued under Regulation 3 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 for organising prohibited activity in the night spots and for failing to observe physical distancing.
"We urge all traders and customers to comply with all business guidelines, including having a valid business license and complying with SOPs which has been outlined by the government," he said.
He also advised the owners of entertainment centres and nightclubs not to carry out their operations, as they fell under the category of activities that are still not allowed.
"Strict action will be taken against a business owner, including issuing notice of closure or seizure or revocation of license, if they are found to have violated the rules and SOPs.
"Customers who do not adhere to the SOPs will be compounded.
"We urge the public to continue to channel information if they find any activities that are illegal or have violated the SOPs," he said.
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