Food trucks, roadside stalls in Sabah can operate during MCO, says Masidi

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will allow food truck operators and food courts to operate on "take-away" basis during the current movement control order, says Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.

The state Covid-19 spokesman said the state will also allow food hawkers operating roadside from 6am to 8pm daily.

Masidi, who is also state Local Government and Housing Minister, said car wash operators would also be allowed operate from 6am to 6pm as the business was part of the automotive industry support services.

However, he said, operators must adhere to strict SOPs for customers using their services.

Quarry operations would also be allowed from 6am to 6pm, Masidi said as it was part of the support services for the construction industry.

For upstream forestry operations, Masidi said the state has allowed for those involved in logging and its transporting activities, forest estates, forest rehabilitation, and inventory among other related forestry activities.

He said those involved in downstream timber activities including factory, export and import would be allowed to operate with 50% of its support staff involved workers at the factories while only 30% of administrative staff allowed to work at any one time during the MCO.

They will be allowed to work from 6am to 6pm from Monday to Friday and if they need to work weekends, they would permission from the respective district forestry officer.

"All forest-related recreational activity including hiking, fishing, jogging, cycling among others will not be allowed," Masidi said.

Masidi, meanwhile, said that the Kudat hospital has been re-instated as a dedicated Covid-19 hospital bringing the total dedicated hospitals to nine in the state.

Sabah recorded 389 new Covid-19 cases with eight deaths on Thursday (Jan 14).

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