KUCHING: Only essential services are allowed to operate in Sibu, Kanowit and Selangau following the imposition of movement control order (MCO) in Sibu Division effective midnight Friday.
Under the latest MCO standard operating procedure (SOP), the police with the assistance of the army, Civil Defence Force and Rela are responsible to carry out movement control in the affected areas and all entry and exit routes into the restricted areas will be closed.
All residents in the MCO areas are also not allowed to leave their house or residence. Only two persons from each household are allowed to go out to get food, medicine, dietary supplements and daily necessities at premises near to their houses.
A maximum of three persons including the patient are allowed go out if needed to seek healthcare and medical services.
Movements in and out of the restricted areas are only allowed for emergency cases such as death and persons must obtain a police permit first.
The SOP also states that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are providing assistance and humanitarian aid during disasters must also obtain police permit and the assistance must be channeled to the Sibu Division Disaster Management Committee for distribution.
Among the essential services allowed to operate are:
- Aerospace including maintenance, repair and overhaul
- Automotive (repair and maintenance only)
- Food, beverages and their chains
- Packaging and printing
- Household products, self-care goods (Fast-moving consumer goods, such as soaps, cleansers) and detergents including their chains
- Health and medicine, including dietary supplements
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) and fire safety equipment
- Components for medical tools
- Electrical and electronics
- Oil and gas
- Petrochemicals and petrochemicals products
- Chemical products
- Machines and tools
- Ceramics (moulds for glove manufacturing)
- Iron and steel
- Textiles (involve in PPE production)
- Furniture sector
- Manufacturing, distillation, storage, supply, and distribution of fuel and lubricants
- Financial services and their chain
- Local government and municipal services
- Telecommunications and digital infrastructure including ICT services and global business services
- E-commerce and its chain including e-marketplace, digital payments and local e-market Internet centres
- Hotel and accommodation
- Agriculture, aquaculture, livestock sector including veterinary services
- Utilities (water and electricity)
- Professional services (including accountants/ lawyers/ auditors/engineers/ architects), scientific (including research and development) and technical (including maintenance)
- Security services
- Security and defence
- Judicial and legal services
- Land, water and air transportation
- Services and operating of ports, shipyards, airports, including the moving of cargo, storage or bulk commodities
- Warehouse and logistics
- Services/sales/distribution of food and beverages
- Retail/distribution/wholesale/hardware store
- Agriculture, aquaculture and livestock and their chains
- Plantation and commodities and their chains
- Ship construction and repair sector
- Logging and timber sector
The SOP also states that only 30 percent attendance from the management level are allowed to be in the office, while the number of employees is determined by the respective employer to ensure physical distancing can be implemented in the workplace.