Eateries tread cautiously as dine-ins allowed

Jackson Valentine

MUKAH: Eateries here resumed dine-in services on Friday (July 16) with caution after about two months doing takeaways.

New Sarawak Tribune discovered that eatery operators welcomed the decision (to allow dine-ins) with mixed reactions.

Coffee shop owner Jackson Valentine, 37, said as the authorities had allowed eateries to open for dine-ins, he, like others also had to follow.

He said after being allowed to open, on one hand he was happy, while on the other hand, he was cautious about the constant threat of Covid-19.

According to him, for some customers, they were happy too because they could dine-in now.

“As a business owner and as an individual, I feel that the risk of Covid-19 infection is still around because this district is still in the red zone,” he said on Friday.

Catherine

He explained that if there was a positive case  in any eatery here, then that eatery had to be closed for 14 days, and the owner and workers had to undergo quarantine and so on, and “this is troublesome.”

Another coffee shop owner identified only as Catherine, 43, also concurred with Jackson.

“Yes, I am happy that we can open for dine-ins, but I’m still cautious about the Covid-19 threat.”

Another coffee shop owner, who preferred anonymity, said she was also still worried about the virus threat.

“We have to follow the new standard operating procedures now, which among others, requires the arrangement of tables and chairs two metres apart, thus reducing the number.”