Sabah maritime traffic to be closely monitored during two-week lockdown

KOTA KINABALU: Barter trade boats plying routes between Sabah and the neighbouring southern Philippines and Indonesia will not be allowed to operate during the two-week lockdown beginning on Tuesday (June 1).

State Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said Indonesian transport vessels bringing in fishery products to Sabah's Tawau district will also be barred.

"Non-conventional ships from the Philippines that pass through Sabah waters to the Federal Territory of Labuan island are also not allowed," he said in a statement on Monday (May 31).

However, Masidi said passenger ferry services and boats may operate at 50% capacity while vehicle ferry services will be allowed to operate at full capacity.

"Movement of individuals on their own private boats between Labuan and the mainland is not allowed," he added when outlining the do's and don'ts for the state during the lockdown.

Islanders across Sabah using small boats would be allowed to travel to and back from the mainland between 6am and 6pm daily, but at 50% capacity.

Fishermen registered with the State Fisheries Department in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (EssZone) will be allowed to carry out activities between 6am and 2pm and must use gazetted jetties.

Those fishing within the EssZone are subject to the terms of the permits issued by the respective police districts in the area, which is currently under a dusk-to-dawn curfew.

Masidi also said inter-district rail and express bus travel were banned during the lockdown.

Buses may operate within districts at 50% capacity from 6am to 8pm, while only one passenger is allowed in taxis and e-hailing vehicles.

Other adjustments Sabah has made to the lockdown standard operating procedures (SOP) include changing the hours of operation for all food outlets to 7am until 7pm daily (it is 8am to 8pm in most other parts of the country).

Similar operating hours are imposed on sundry shops and supermarkets, while petrol kiosks may operate from 6am to 8pm.

All tourism activities will not be allowed although hotels gazetted as quarantine centres may continue to operate as such.

Traditional markets, weekly markets as well as night markets are not allowed.

Essential business premises are required to limit the time spent per customer on their premises to one hour, and may only accommodate 50% of their normal capacity.

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