Policemen asking customers of a coffee shop to stop dining-in at the place.

SIBU: Police here have given warning and will continue to do so to operators of coffee shops to comply with the movement control order (MCO) until March 31.

Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said that his men had given verbal warning to several eatery outlet operators for allowing their customers to dine in yesterday, on the first day of the MCO.

He issued the warning after seeing a number of coffeeshops entertaining dine-in customers in their premises yesterday. Policemen were seen asking customers of several coffeeshops who were dining-in to leave the shop.

“From now until March 31, we will be going round on beat duty to ensure that all businesses comply with the MCO,” he said.

To the public, he urged for their cooperation in abiding with the MCO so as to help contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

Meanwhile, Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) will close all of its counters on the 17th and 18th floors of Wisma Sanyan here.

The council in a statement said the 17th floor houses the Public Health, Public Works, Treasury, Evaluation and Taxation Unit while the 18th floor are the management services counters.

 Its library in Sibu Jaya and four rural libraries in Rantau Panjang, Selangau, Bawang Assan and Durin are also closed to the general public from March 18 to 31.

 “We will also be issuing notices to all entertainment outlets, saloon, spa and reflexology premises to be closed to the general public. Eatery outlets will also be given notice not to place chairs and tables for people to dine-in while only food packing services will be allowed,” it added.

 The business hours for trading activity in Pasar Tamu in Selangau and Sibu Jaya will be shortened from 6am to 2pm while the smoke house in Sibu Jaya will also be closed for two weeks from March 18 to 31.

However emergency work and environmental services will be provided as usual for public safety and well-being.

The council, however, still provides essential services such as cleaning and garbage collection.