Markets allowed to operate in SOP update

KUCHING: Public markets, wet markets, wholesale markets, farmers markets and jungle produce markets (pasar tamu) are now allowed to operate during the movement control order (MCO).

Markets under the supervision of local government authorities (PBT) or Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) are limited to selling of fresh products and daily food supplies only.

As per standard operating procedures (SOPs), business activities and premises permitted to operate would be updated from time to time.

“It will be updated by the state’s Ministry of Local Government and Housing as well as Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) after obtaining approval from the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC),” a statement said.

It also stated that restaurants, food and drinks stalls or shops, bistros, cafes, food trucks, roadside hawkers, street hawkers or kiosks are permitted to operate for takeaways, drivethroughs or deliveries only.

“Dine-in or park-and-dine is prohibited,” the statement added.

Among other business activities in the commercial and service sector permitted to operate during MCO include grocery stores, convenient stores, premises in shopping malls, supermarkets, mini marts and hardware stores.

Department stores are allowed to operate but limited to the selling of food, drinks, basic necessities, pharmacy, protective personal equipment, and restaurants for takeaway or delivery only.

“Electric and electronic stores are permitted to operate but only for repairs. Meanwhile, automotive sales, maintenance and repairs are limited to selling of spare parts and repairs of vehicles only.”