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Shorter operation hours for gas stations, markets, restaurants
Published on: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
By: FMT
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DBKK staff provide hand sanitisers to those who patronise KK General Market.
City Hall (DBKK) has limited the operation hours for gas stations, markets and restaurants.

Petrol stations are only allowed to stay open from 6am to 2pm, markets from 6am to 2pm and restaurants from 6am and 5pm, according to the DBKK notice issued Saturday. Kota Kinabalu has a population of more than 450,000 people.

Only the Kota Kinabalu General Market and the markets in Sembulan, Inanam, Menggatal, Telipok and Tg Aru are allowed to open until the MCO ends on March 31.

DBKK closed down the central bus terminal and Inanam northbound bus terminal on Saturday.

In Sandakan, which has 400,000 people, all restaurants, fast food premises, supermarkets and grocery stores have been ordered to cease operation by 7pm daily until March 31.

The Sandakan Municipal Council also advises residents to practise social distancing. Only five customers are allowed near counters at any one time.

Sabah will also close inter-district public jetties starting today (Sunday) until March 31 to curb the spread of the virus.

The order applies to the jetties in Kudat, Sipitang, Kota Kinabalu, Lahad Datu, Sandakan and Tawau.

The jetties would only be allowed to be used during emergencies.

Meanwhile, in Kuala Lumpur, only the head of families or one person from each family is allowed to leave their home and buy essential or medical items.

“If you have a situation where you have to take an accompanying person, then you must explain your reason to the police (if you are stopped at any roadblock during the MCO).

“The police will use their discretion on this matter,” said Senior Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, who is also the Works Minister, had said.

“You will have to give a valid reason such as if there is a death in the family. Please explain to the police.

“Only leave the house if there is a need to do so. Please reduce your movement. And if you are allowed to leave the house, please follow the guideline as per instruction of the Health Ministry.

“Wash your hands often and always adopt social distancing,” he said.


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