Covid-19: Sabah to fine-tune SOPs for localised needs following relaxation for fully vaccinated

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is expected to fine-tune some of its standard operating procedures (SOPs) to localised needs following the Federal Government's decision to allow for certain relaxations for fully vaccinated individuals.

Among the SOPs being considered were whether to require operators of eateries and their customers to be fully vaccinated for dine-ins as well as allowing inter-district for those fully vaccinated.

State Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (pic) said the state Covid-19 Management Committee was studying the matter and would make a decision in a day or two.

"The committee is reviewing our SOPs in view of the Prime Minister's announcement but will make adjustments accordingly to suit our local circumstances taking into consideration our still-low vaccination rate and the high number of cases.

"But we should find ways to allow gradual opening of the economic sector as more people are vaccinated.

"It will probably be done in stages and announcements would be made in a day or two," Masidi, who is state Local Government and Housing Minister, said when contacted Monday (Aug 9).

Sabah has allowed dine-ins last month but does not require operators and patrons to be fully vaccinated while inter-district travel within the state is not allowed.

Sabah continues to see four-digit figures for the week with 1,247 cases recorded on Monday.

Masidi said that there were no new clusters but Kota Kinabalu and its neighbouring districts - Penampang, Putatan and Tuaran - accounted for 583 positive cases.

Tawau, in the east coast of the state, saw 206 new cases.

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