Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: The use of face masks will be compulsory in public areas, public transport, shopping malls, markets, eateries, and shops effective August 1.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) had also decided that in view of the increasing positive Covid-19 cases in Kuching and Samarahan, movement between divisions was discouraged.

He recommended that members of the public only travel between divisions for certain cases such as official duties, essential service workers, death of a close family member, ill family members, or for health examination requirements.

While he said that this was not a ban, he strongly advised against such travel especially from Kuching and Samarahan to other green zones in the state such as Bintulu, Sibu, Miri, and so on.

“All Sarawakians returning from overseas via aircraft and transiting in Malaya, Labuan, Sabah, Brunei, or Singapore are required to undergo quarantine at their last destination for 14 days,” he said at the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) Covid-19 daily update press conference on Friday.

Uggah, who is also SDMC chairman, said that the postponement of reopening of schooling sessions to August 3 would be extended in the Padawan District to also cover SJK Chung Hua, Siburan – involving Primary One to Six classes.

“For preschool classes, the schooling session will continue as usual,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said that SDMC had discussed with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and decided that the enrolment of students in the university’s pre-university programme would be postponed indefinitely.