SIBU: The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and the Sibu Division Health Office have issued 10 compounds during a joint standard operating procedures (SOPs) monitoring operation in three premises on Tuesday night (July 21).
Sibu District deputy police chief Superintendent Collin Babat said that the one-hour integrated operation took place from 9pm to 10pm.
Seven compounds were issued by the police for violating the recovery movement control order (RMCO) SOPs while three more compounds were issued by the Health Office to customers found smoking in non-smoking areas.
He said that the joint-operation comprised 20 policemen led by Sibu Crime Prevention and Community Safety Division chief DSP Ariffin Bahar, 10 officers from the Sibu Division Health Office and two councillors from the Sibu Municipal Council.
“Police have issued three compounds to a local man and two women aged between 18 and 32, when an inspection was carried out at a restaurant on Jalan Lau King Howe.
“The trio comprised the owner and employees of the premises who were found in violation of the SOPs for failing to record the temperature of their customers and the failure to practise social distancing,” he said in a statement.
Collin said police issued four more compounds while inspecting a cafe in Jalan Pahlawan. The cafe owner and three customers were compounded for not practising social distancing.
All seven compounds by the police were issued under Regulation 3 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within the Infected Local Areas) (No 7) Regulations 2020.
“Three customers of a restaurant at Jalan Foochow were penalised by the Sibu Division Health Office for smoking within the premises,” he added.
Collin advised restaurant owners and the public to comply with the SOPs when entering such restaurants or places.
“The employees must check the customers’ body temperature and register their names through online applications or through log books while practising social distancing.
“We also want to advise them not to bring along children to places like cafes and bistros,” he said.