Pandemic fear forces coffee shops to temporarily close

Few coffee shops here are closed due to concerns with the Pasai Cluster.

SIBU: Following concerns over the Pasai Cluster, several premises here, especially coffee shops, have closed for the time being.

Sibu is currently a red zone and undergoing conditional movement control order (CMCO) following a high number of Covid-19 cases.

A survey found that some coffee shops were closed today while those that opened had experienced a 50 percent drop in customers compared to a week ago.

Supermarkets and urban areas also saw a drop in the number of people.

Tong Ing Kok

Meanwhile, Sibu Association of Coffee Shops and Restaurant Owners chairman Tong Ing Kok said, “Yes, it’s true. Many people are worried about sitting in a coffee shop now. Fewer people are also seen at the Sibu market.”

He said the increase in Covid-19 cases had adversely affected the food sector here.

“Yesterday (Wednesday) most coffee shops experienced a 50 percent decrease in customers compared to a week ago. If more people are found positive, our business will be affected even more,” he said.

Tong said many did not want to risk eating outside now and preferred to eat at home

For those who eat out, he advised them to adhere strictly to the standard operating procedure guidelines.

“Don’t forget to scan the MySejahtera QR code. Also, wear a face mask and wash your hands often,” he said.