Police officers inspecting the bistro at Lorong Lau King Howe.

SIBU: A 16-year-old female student was among 54 individuals who were compounded for non-compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) at a bistro in Lorong Lau King Howe here last Friday (Jul 31).

Sibu deputy police chief Supt Collin Babat said the oldest among them was 45 years old.

“A total of 27 men and 27 women including the bistro owners were found to have failed in complying with the SOPs, which is to practise social distancing under Regulation 10 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.

“Police issued a compound of RM1,000 to each of the 54 individuals for non-compliance with the SOPs during the period of the recovery movement control order (RMCO),” he said in a statement on Saturday (Aug 1).

Collin said police conducted the inspection at around 10.10pm.

He stated that Inspector Kumareswaran Murugan led a team of D7/D4 members and the Sibu District Police Headquarters Crime Investigation Division task force for the inspection.

“All individuals from the same bistro were found to have failed to comply with the SOP by not practising social distancing,” he added.

Collin said all the individuals involved were taken to the Sibu Central Police Station for the issuance of compounds.

Meanwhile, he said two of the 54 individuals involved were also charged for failing to produce personal identification documents under Section 25(1) of the National Registration Act 1990.

The two individuals involved, he explained, were ordered to be remanded on Saturday for further investigation.