KUCHING: Express boat operators and Kapit folk can breathe a sigh of relief after the Kapit Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) finally allowed riverine transportation to resume, starting July 19.
The permitted routes are Kapit-Putai-Kapit and Kapit-Belaga-Kapit while the Sibu-Putai-Sibu route is still postponed to a date to be announced later.
Kapit DDMC requires all involved, including operators, owners, crews and passengers, to at least have one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for the allowed routes, while passengers must obtain a police permit for inter-district travel.
Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB) Kapit assistant port manager Carol Bungan Leo confirmed this matter.
At the same time, Kapit SRB hoped that all operators and passengers would follow the health and safety guidelines set by the authorities.
Failure to comply could lead to legal action, revocation of operating authorisation or any related action.