Businesses to operate in Sabah except for entertainment outlets, sports

KOTA KINABALU: Only operations of entertainment outlets and sports activities will be barred amid the ongoing state-wide conditional movement control order (MCO).

Sabah’s Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (pic) said all businesses and industries involved in the economic sector could operate but must follow the guidelines, including operating hours from 6am to 6pm.

The number of staff working at any one time should be reduced by 50%, and all must observe standard operating procedures (SOPs) like maintaining social distancing, he said.

“Only sports and entertainment outlets are not allowed at the moment, ” he said, following the state government’s decision to allow all economic activities to open from Thursday (Oct 15).

There was some confusion among businesses earlier, and this prompted Masidi to make clarifications.

Masidi, who is state Local Government and Housing Minister cum Finance Minister II, said confusion might have arisen from earlier conditional MCO for the districts.

“I believe they are confused with the SOP of the conditional MCO for the 11 districts prior to the decision to declare the state under conditional MCO on Wednesday (Oct 14).

“When the conditional MCO was extended to cover the entire districts in Sabah, a new SOP was introduced superseding the previous one, ” he said when contacted.

The restriction of inter-district travel across the state is still in force.

Currently, only entertainment centres, nightclubs, pubs, cinemas, and gambling activities are not allowed during the conditional MCO.

He urged all business outlets to observe the SOP set by the National Security Council while operating their businesses.

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