Not all retail sectors allowed to open in Sarawak


Keeping it safe: A Fire and Rescue Department personnel carrying out a public sanitising exercise at India Street in Kuching, Sarawak. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

KUCHING: Hair salons, optical shops and home-based eateries are among the retail sectors not allowed to operate during the movement control order (MCO) in Sarawak until June 11.

According to a list of retail activities released by the State Disaster Management Committee, other businesses not allowed to open are merchandise stalls selling non-food items such as clothes and handicraft, convenience stores, licensed moneylenders and pawnshops, phone accessories and reloads, car accessories, car wash, pest control and laundry services, including self-service laundry.

Department stores are also not allowed to open, except for the food supply section, as well as textile and furniture shops.

Retail sectors which can open during the two-week MCO are shops selling food and daily necessities, including grocers and supermarkets, wet markets, wholesale markets and farmers’ markets under local authorities and the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority.

Other businesses allowed are hardware stores, electrical and electronics repair services, packaging and printing, automotive sales, maintenance and repair, pharmaceutical, health and safety equipment, veterinary services and pet food stores.

Restaurants, eateries and cafes can only operate takeaway, drive-through and delivery services, while dine-in and park-and-dine are prohibited.

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