Ting (left) distributes face masks to pupils.

MIRI: With the dry weather approaching and expected to remain until next month, people, especially senior citizens and young children, have been reminded to stay indoors.

“Cut down on unnecessary outdoor activities and drink more water. If the dry weather persists and the haze comes, do take precautionary measures , do not go out under the sun,” advised Assistant Minister of Tourism ,Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting on Thursday.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has forecast hot and dry weather to persist over the country until September.

Ting said those suffering from chronic diseases should refrain from going out of their homes and must be extra careful during the dry and hot season.

The Piasau assemblyman was met after presenting a total of 1,230 face masks to Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Jalan Bintang on Thursday.

The face masks were received by the school’s headmaster Ahmad Othman and its Parent-Teacher Association vice president Iqbal Abdollah on behalf of the school.

A total of 18,000 face masks has been distributed to 17 schools in   Piasau constituency since the Covid-19 outbreak.

Ting congratulated the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC),  frontliners and Sarawakians in general for their continuous efforts that had contributed to the state’s green zone status after no new Covid-19 positive cases were reported over the past two weeks.

“It’s definitely a good sign for our domestic tourism. However, despite successfully containing the Covid-19 outbreak, we have no plans yet to open up to overseas or international tourists. Protecting lives is our priority,” he said.