Lee speaks to local media before proceed to inspect the condition of Tamu Muhhibbah.

MIRI:  Seven Tamu in the city centre here have been allowed to operate daily but with restricted hours.

“These tamu have been allowed to operate daily from 7am to 2pm, to enable customers to shop for vegetables and food items,” said Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin last Sunday after inspecting Tamu Muhibbah at Jalan Padang here.

These seven Tamu are Tamu Muhibbah,Tamu Khas,Tamu Kadayan,Tamu Dato Hj Ahmad Lai, Luak,Tamu Morsjaya,Tamu Taman Tunku and Tamu Pujut Corner.

“Illegal hawkers are not allowed to do trading inside the tamu,” he said. He was accompanied by Miri Mayor Adam Yii and Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah.

For Tamu Muhibbah, the biggest of the seven tamu, some new and tighter restrictions would be put in place, Lee said.

“Tamu Muhibbah has been the focal point for both rural and urban people, and this restriction would include imposing the social distancing measures to ensure customers maintain a minimum one meter apart from one another,” Lee explained.

“Customers would only be allowed to enter and exit the tamu via the main entrance, which is manned by the police and Miri City Council (MCC) enforcement officers,” he said, adding the officers would carry out temperature checks on every customer entering the tamu.