MELAKA: Businesses must close at midnight here with immediate effect under the recovery movement control order (MCO), says state health and anti-drug committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman.
"The decision was reached during the state Safety Council meeting," he said to The Star on Sunday (Oct 25).
Rahmad also said that 24-hour convenience outlets and restaurants must close at midnight.
Melaka earlier allowed business premises to operate until 2am in tandem with the decision by the Federal Government in September.
On a conditional MCO, Rahmad said it would not be implemented in Melaka as long as there are fewer than 40 Covid-19 cases in any district.
Meanwhile, Melaka Tourism Business Club vice-chairman Dennis Samford appealed to the state government to maintain the 2am operation hours.
He added that many eateries have wound up and are now for sale due to a lack of customers.
"Business premises were abiding by the health guidelines and the state government should consider their plight during this trying time," he said.
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