Staff, guests and contractors must download apps

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING:  Tour operators, tour guides, operators of homestays, hotels, adventure and extreme tourism, scuba diving, snorkelling and theme parks (dry parks only) can finally operate starting this Wednesday (June 17).

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah announced this during a press conference on the daily Covid-19 update held at the Old State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building on Monday (June 15).

He said the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) had allowed these operators to resume operations and these activities to resume on condition that the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines were adhered to.

“Basic guidelines on social distancing, personal hygiene, temperature scanning, sanitisation of public facilities should be observed.

“Staff, guests and contractors must download MySejahtera and CovidTrace Sarawak apps to facilitate necessary contact tracing,” he said.

However, saunas, swimming pools, lounges, pubs, bars, karaoke outlets and buffet restaurants were still not allowed to operate, Abdul Karim added.

He said tour operators could receive and sell bookings for domestic tour packages and activities which had been allowed by the government.

“But overseas travel packages are still not allowed,” he said, adding that operators were encouraged to promote tour packages online since no promotional exhibitions or roadshows were allowed until authorised by the government.

Abdul Karim also said tour guides must ensure that tourists comply with the social distancing and personal hygiene rules set by the government.

“Hoteliers are to limit the capacity of a meeting room or conference hall up to 50 percent of its original capacity and attendees should practise social distancing of one metre while on the move or standing.

“Records of the attendees’ details must be kept for at least six months,” he said.

A poster on the SOPs for hotel premises.