Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

Music cafes, night clubs, bistros warned not to operate during CMCO

KUCHING: Music cafes, night clubs, and bistros are not allowed to operate in Sarawak under the conditional movement control order (CMCO).

In announcing this, State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said this was due to some misunderstandings on the business owners’ part.

“Some of them thought that bistros are restaurants. So today (May 18), we have decided that all bistro premises are not allowed to operate.

“Enforcements such as issuance of warnings and closing down of premises will be enforced upon shops, companies, and supermarkets that failed to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the state government,” he said when delivering SDMC’s Covid-19 update yesterday.

Uggah emphasised that the SOP compliance of economic sectors allowed to operate was crucial to further prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“This is important. Through the SOPs, the practice of social distancing and good personal hygiene can be enforced and maintained by all,” he added.

Uggah also warned that law enforcement agencies would not hesitate to take action against those who spread fake news.

“Because fake news can cause a lot of confusion. Actions will therefore be taken by the relevant party,” he said.

Uggah, who announced that the state had recorded zero cases in the past five days as of yesterday, said he was pleased to see that the Covid-19 pandemic curve had flattened.

“The challenge now is for us to continue and maintain this trend and ensuring that there will be no threat of a second wave of Covid-19 cases in the state.

“This can be achieved through the cooperation of all Sarawakians. The public, economic sectors, and everyone for that matter, must continue to make sacrifices such as not visiting during Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Gawai Dayak festivals, adhering to CMCO restrictions and SOPs, and so on.

“These are the sacrifices that needed to be made to ensure we achieve success and to make sure that we won’t have a second wave of Covid-19 cases in the state,” he explained.