MCO rules standardised
Published on: Sunday, April 05, 2020
By: Larry Ralon
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Kota Kinabalu: The State Government decided to standardise the time for premises allowed to operate during the implementation of Movement Control Order (MCO) Stage 2 effective from April 1 to 14.

State Secretary  Datuk Safar Untong (pic) said under the new order, all food-based and basic essential shops like supermarkets, hypermarkets, grocery shops, bakeries and restaurants would be allowed to operate from 6am to 6pm.  However, no night market, agro market, tamu and Ramadhan bazaar are allowed. 

Private vehicles, public transportation (taxi, rented vehicle, Grab, e-hailing), commercial vehicles (essential goods and services) are also allowed on the road from 6am to 6pm. 

However, buses and mini buses, as well as passenger boats, are not allowed. Train and passenger ferry/Ro-Ro are allowed to operate according their respective schedules, but the driver, worker and passengers must wear a face mask and use hand sanitiser. Barter trade and kumpit are not allowed. 

He said for supermarkets, hypermarkets, grocery stores, the one metre social distancing rule must be applied and only a certain number of customers allowed inside the premises at any one time (each customer should only be allowed not more than 30 minutes inside), while body temperature scanner used and all customers don a face mask with hand sanitiser available. Only one buyer per household is allowed.

For restaurants, only take-away and delivery services are allowed while food handlers and delivery men must be confirmed to be free of Covid-19. Motorcycle delivery services are only allowed for the purpose of delivering raw food, cooked food, agro products, gas cylinder and medicines. 

For online orders, delivery should only involve food, health products, basic essential items and others and from 6am -6pm.   

He said the general markets are allowed to be open from 6am to 2pm, while fast food restaurants (KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut) from 9am to 6am.

The social distancing rule is also applied at the general market, apart from control on number of customers inside the premises per one time which for each person should not be more than 30 minutes inside. All customers must also wear a face mask and have hand sanitiser, he said, adding the local authority will provide security control at the general market. Only one person from one household is allowed.

As for the fast food restaurants, only drive-thru and delivery services are allowed and all food handlers and delivery men must be confirmed free of Covid-19.

He said for private vehicle, only the driver is allowed except for cases of emergency or transporting disabled person, pregnant woman or for medical reasons. For public transport, only the driver and two passengers are allowed in a vehicle per one time and all must wear face mask and have hand sanitiser.

He said for commercial vehicles, only those transporting food materials, agro products and medicines are allowed. 

He said lorry/van/wagon/pick-up can only have two persons – the driver and a worker – and must have confirmation/approval letter from the Food and Agriculture Industry Ministry (MAFI) department/agency for those transporting agro products. Lorry/trailer of above two tonnes (weight capacity) can only have two persons – the driver and a worker – and must have an approval permit to transport goods from International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI), Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP), Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry (MAFI) and Health Ministry (KKM).

“Quick response services (repair/tow) of broken down vehicle on-site are allowed,” he said. Fuel stations are allowed to operate from 6am to 6pm, while a certain number of auto and motorcycle workshops and tyre shops are allowed to operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only, from 6am to 2pm.

Pet shops are also allowed to operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 2pm, he said, adding only one buyer from one household is allowed.

Safar said only food-based and medicinal-based industries are allowed to operate from 8am to 5pm, adding the local authority, with the police and Rela will do inspection and take action against those flouting the order.


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