KOTA KINABALU: Restaurant owners and workers should not eat in eating areas for customers during the movement control order period as this is considered dining in, says Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali.
He said they were allowed to eat on restaurant premises but should keep out of sight.
"Of course you can eat inside your own restaurant or workplace, but if you can do it in a designated section away from customers during pre-pandemic times, why do you suddenly want to sit and eat in the open?" he said.
Comm Hazani said this in response to complaints by some restaurateurs who were issued compounds after they were seen eating in their restaurants recently.
He said doing so meant they were dining in – even though they were an owner or worker.
On standard operating procedures (SOP), he said police would strictly enforce it and no longer compromise as they did before.
"We have also sent in more enforcement teams to areas with high Covid-19 cases such as Tawau, Kalabakan, Kunak and Lahad Datu," Comm Hazani said, adding the cases in Tawau were especially concerning as they were scattered across the district.
He advised the public to stay at home and only go out for important matters, grocery shopping or to go to work.
He also said even if inter-district travel is allowed in areas like Kota Kinabalu, Penampang and Putatan, they will be asked to turn back and go home if police find that they are travelling for fun.
Comm Hazani said apart from roadblocks, police and other enforcement officials are also keeping a close watch on parks and houses of worship to ensure all SOP are strictly adhered to.
"We are still waiting for the list of sectors allowed to open from the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti), so that those listed can function without getting police permits to operate," he added.
On Tuesday (June 1), state police issued a total of 60 compounds for SOP violations in Sabah.
Meanwhile, operations against illegal immigrants in Sabah are still being held on a scheduled basis despite the shift in manpower to handle MCO-related duties statewide, said Comm Hazani.