Spas, reflexology centres, karaoke outlets in S'wak to reopen from Saturday (March 27) with strict SOPs

KUCHING: Spas, reflexology and foot massage centres and karaoke outlets in Sarawak will be allowed to reopen from Saturday (March 27), with strict adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs).

The state disaster management committee said the decision for these outlets to reopen was a part of economic recovery efforts.

"The premises must obtain approval from divisional disaster management committees before reopening.

"All employees and operators must test negative for Covid-19 through a PCR swab test before operations may resume," the committee said in a statement on Wednesday (March 24).

It said regular inspections will be carried out to ensure that the premises comply with the SOP, which can be found at the state Local Government and Housing Ministry's website at

In its Covid-19 update, the committee said Sarawak reported 141 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the state's tally to 14,655 cases.

Districts which recorded new cases were Miri (34), Bintulu (27), Serian (25), Sibu (17), Samarahan (nine), Kuching (eight), Tebedu (six), Tanjung Manis (five), Sarikei (three) and Kanowit, Kapit, Meradong, Mukah, Selangau, Sri Aman and Subis with one each.

The committee also said a new community cluster was identified at Kampung Chupak in Siburan here with 57 confirmed cases to date.

It said the index case of the Chupak cluster was a 27-year-old woman who tested positive on March 9.

"The index case works in Kuching and was likely infected through community transmission.

"The infection then spread to her family members and other individuals in Kampung Chupak," the committee said.

It also said the Geronggang cluster in Sibu was declared to have ended after no new cases were detected in the last 28 days.

There are still 31 active clusters in the state, with new cases recorded in six.

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