Should they stay or should they go: Hotels unclear how new MCO rules affect guests

GEORGE TOWN: Hotels here are unsure if they will be allowed to continue operating under the movement control order (MCO) which is being reimposed from Jan 13 to 26.

The director of a hotel here said they had received a call from a senior police officer, telling them that all guests needed to check-out before midnight Wednesday (Jan 13).

However, he said that hotels are listed as among the services allowed to operate during the MCO till Jan 26.

"Some of our guests were unhappy about being told to check-out because they were booked in for another two or three nights. We thought we could continue to operate," he said.

In a statement on Tuesday (Jan 12), the International Trade and Industry said hotels were listed as among the services that are allowed to operate.

The hotel director said he was made to understand that hotels could continue to operate and accept guests travelling for essential services, but not leisure travellers.

"We are confused now. The only thing we can do is wait for the announcement by (Senior MInister) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob," he added.

Ismail Sabri is expected to announce the detailed standard operating procedures (SOP) at 5pm on Tuesday (Jan 12).

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