Sabah allows salons and car washes to reopen, but not night markets

KOTA KINABALU: In line with the Federal government's announcement, the Sabah government has allowed hair salons and car wash centres to reopen for business.

However, in a statement released by the state Local Government and Housing Ministry on Thursday (Feb 4), night markets are still not allowed to operate in Sabah.

Night markets have been allowed to resume operations elsewhere by the Federal government.

Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (pic) said the car wash and salon sectors, which involve micro businesses, were allowed to operate with strict standard operating procedure (SOP) in place starting Friday (Feb 5).

"Hairdressers and hair salons are permitted to operate until 10pm for hair cutting services only, while facials and other services are prohibited," he said in a statement, reiterating the same SOPs mentioned by Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the same working hours apply to car wash centres, which may operate until 10pm.

Representatives of hair salons and hairdressers in the state have highlighted their plight before this, where they said some of them resorted to provide "at home" services secretly since they had experienced months without any income last year.

The news is expected to be received well as Chinese New Year falls next week, with most of the country still under the movement control order (MCO).

Sabah registered 175 Covid-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the state's cumulative figure to 49,785.

One death was also recorded in the Keningau district.

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