Close by 10pm or face consequences

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KUCHING: Errant entertainment outlets in Bintulu were reminded to observe the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) and close their premises by 10pm.

Its MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said some refused to abide by the guidelines issued and continued to serve their clients.

“There have also been many complaints about this from the public and confirmed Covid-19 cases have indeed been traced to these outlets. Compliance must be strict and this means all premises must be closed by 10pm.

“I urge all business operators in Bintulu, no matter what kind of sector they are in, to provide a high degree of cooperation in Covid-19 prevention,” he said in a statement on Sunday (April 11).

Tiong said operators will face consequences if they persist with violating the SOPs, adding that police will intervene and mete out tougher punishments.

“Everyone must understand that as our country is still under a state of emergency, tough measures are being implemented in order to curb the pandemic raging through our communities.

“In doing so, enforcement personnel have the authority to suspend these outlets, revoke their business licenses to prevent them from operating, and even forcibly break into offending premises suspected of violating the SOPs,” he said.

The Bintulu MP said businesses have to realise that only by saving their own lives, they will they have the opportunity to continue making profit.

He said if the situation continues, an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) will be considered to replace the ongoing conditional movement control order (CMCO) in Bintulu.

“The pandemic is at a level now where no one can afford to be complacent. Only by having strict compliance to the SOPs can everyone’s safety and health be assured,” he said.