New SOPs for CMCO soon

KUCHING: Activities in night clubs or pubs, theme parks, karaoke, indoor playground, cinemas including massage parlours, spas and reflexology are still not allowed during the extended conditional movement control order (CMCO) period in Sarawak from Mar 2 to Mar 15.

In the updated standard operating procedures (SOPs) dated Feb 26, released by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), local and international tournaments without the approval of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and with spectators or supporters are also not allowed.  

Participants or officers from abroad are also not allowed to take part in sports tournaments or competitions in the country without the permission of the Malaysian Immigration Department. Mass activities involving more than 200 people at one time are also prohibited.

However, individual or team sports and recreational activities for training, games, matches and tournaments (indoor and outdoor) purposes without spectators are allowed. 

Going for vacation in the movement control order (MCO) areas and CMCO areas is strictly not allowed.

Social events such as kenduri (feasts), weddings, engagements, receptions, aqiqah (welcoming) ceremonies, thanksgiving prayers, tahlil (prayer for deceased), birthday celebrations, reunions, retreats and other social gatherings are prohibited. 

All forms of religious activities in houses of worship are not allowed while mosques and surau are allowed to have the Islamic call to prayer (azan) and the five daily prayers, as well as Friday prayers with the numbers of people determined by the State Religious Authority.

The management and staff at all non-Muslim places of worship are subjected to the SOPs issued by the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) and non-Muslim festivals or celebrations have to be in accordance with the guidelines by Unifor.

Any activities that make physical distancing difficult are also not allowed.

Meanwhile, business, economic and industrial activities are allowed to operate in compliance with the SOPs set by the government.

Supermarkets, shopping malls as well as restaurants, eateries including dining in, food trucks, hawkers, roadside hawkers, mobile hawkers, food courts, kiosks, grocery stores, and convenience stores are allowed and they can operate between 6am and 10pm.

However, night markets, uptown and downtown bazaar that are in the Covid-19 red zone areas are not allowed to operate. Childcare centres, kindergartens —tabika, tadika and taska (nurseries) — are allowed to operate but their operations are subjected to approval by the relevant agencies or ministries.

The CMCO is enforced in 19 zones throughout Sarawak, namely Kuching (covering Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisions), Sri Aman, Sarikei (Sarikei and Betong divisions), Mukah, Bintulu, Miri, Beluru, Subis, Bekenu, Telang Usan and Marudi.

Other areas under CMCO are Limbang, Sibu, Kanowit, Selangau, Kapit, Song, Belaga and Bukit Mabong.