Reopening sectors urged to uphold SOP

Fixed for consumers: Nanta showing a list of prices for common food items after the launch of the Festive Season Maximum Price Control Scheme for the Chinese New Year period. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Embrace the opening up of more economic sectors but do not abuse the leeway given so that the Covid-19 pandemic can be controlled, says Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi.

In welcoming the move, Nanta said the reopening of the 17 trade distributing sectors took into account not only the needs of industry players but also the consumers.

“On behalf of the ministry and retail community, I thank the government and the National Security Council for announcing this.

“I hope all businesses will strictly adhere to the SOP, ” he said.

He said the ministry will continue to monitor their activities and will not hesitate to take action under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) on businesses which failed to follow the protocols, ” said Nanta.

He pointed out that until Feb 7, the ministry had inspected 357,489 business premises and 112 compounds were issued.

On Tuesday, the government announced that businesses in the retail sector which were not allowed to operate earlier can now do so.

Restaurants were also allowed to open for dine-in customers but limited to two persons per table with a physical distance of at least one metre apart.

The 18 types of businesses in the retail sector allowed to resume operations were clothing, fashion and accessories shops, second-hand shops, photo studios, nurseries and florists, gifts and handicrafts, cosmetics, sports equipment and antique stores.

A general standard operating procedure, as well as ones for specific businesses, have also been drawn up for these businesses.

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